“Leaving” the Legion and Regnum Christi

At the tomb of Saint John Paul II

 

I thought that headline might get your attention.

Those of you who are acquainted with me know I have been working in Public Relations for the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ for about six years. Most of those articles of late, flashing on the screen of the North American websites, have been written by me.

I have lived through many highs and lows with all of you, and seen lots of painful things happen externally, but mainly internally – mostly due to our dwindling finances. Because the scandal with our founder erupted just prior to the economic crisis in the US (leaving a hole from which we are hopefully and finally seeming to climb out of) many, many of our supporters over time closed their purses and their doors. Read the rest of this entry »


WWI

"Service above self."

I saw this motto engraved on a WWI Memorial at a park beside Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. This year, 2014, is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. And as I stood on the beach watching the children enjoy the summer sun, I couldn't help but think of all those young New Zealanders who perished in the beaches of Galipilli a hundred years ago. We lift them up to God in gratitude and continue to fight for peace by never allowing hatred to germinate in our hearts.

 

 


Love for Christ as the motor behind all of our actions

"It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey." – St. Ignatius of Loyola

When humility buckles you down, look at Christ and say, "I love you, Christ, more than my pride." When lust or your passions overwhelm you, look at Christ and say, "I love you, Christ, more than this unhealthy desire and I will fight it for you." When selfishness and self-absorption try to penetrate, look at Christ and say, "I love you, Christ, and I will serve others right now to prove my love." Make a personal and passionate love for Christ, the motor behind all of your actions!

 

 


The parable of the Christmas tree!

The other day I was sitting in the living room just looking at our Christmas tree. In my family we always put an angel on top of the tree, the Angel obviously representing the Angels singing to the Christ Child and announcing his birth. But the tree we have in our home here in Houston has a big red sparkly bow on the top.

So I began to wonder why we have a bow on the tree. Is it so it looks pretty? Is it because we don’t have an angel to put on top? Or is there more significance to it? Read the rest of this entry »


Ignition 2014

OK, most of you are getting ready for Christmas: decorations, gifts, food, church services, shopping, food, vacations, family events, food. (I really like the food part.)

But some folks are getting ready for Ignition.

Ignition is a New Year’s retreat for young men in high school, running from December 29 through January 2nd. It will be held at the Legion of Christ seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut. This year there will be skiing, sports, spiritual talks, a faith survey in New York, adoration, mass, and the list goes on. Most of those things are not unique to Ignition though. There is something else that makes this retreat extraordinary, it is planned and executed by the Regnum Christi Mission Corps. Read the rest of this entry »


True purity of intention

“God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.”  -- Saint Augustine

Several years ago, I was coming out of the chapel and happen to look outside to see one of our priests washing my car. He had just finished washing his car and was in the process of scrubbing down mine…he did not look for a "pat on the back" or a return favor later on, and if I hadn't said anything, it would have gone completely unnoticed. Now that is true purity of intention!

 

 


Ultimate hat trick?

I swapped hats with the pope today! Yes! Browsing through some liturgical goods stores here in Rome yesterday, I found one that sold white zucchetos - papal hats.

I got one and brought it to the Wednesday audience today, held it out to the pope as he exited, and lo and behold he stopped his car, told the guard to get my hat, took his hat off, and put on the one I had brought. It was only for a moment, then he put his own back on and gave mine back to the guard to give to me. Wow! I’m telling you, he is one extremely kind man!

Tomorrow we’re off to visit Assisi, I will pray for you all at the tomb of Saint Francis. What with swapping hats with the Pope and all, I’d say we’ve been quite blessed this pilgrimage!

 


Staying on the path of God's Will

"To be a disciple of Christ is not a guarantee of always remaining on the path; rather it is a commitment- a promise – to stay as near to the path as the will allows, and to struggle back onto the path after straying." -- St. John Chrysostom

It is relatively easy to swerve off the trail of God's Will…but the key is to fight your way back or even go back to where you left the trail and begin anew. God is not concerned with perfection, but he does want us to continually get back up, adjust our will to his will and keep our focus on eternity…

 

 


Thank you, Max

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Mexico to visit my family. As you can imagine I was very excited; spending time with my family is one of the things I love the most.

During the days I was there, my little brother (well he is 15 years old, but still my little brother) was participating in the Friendship Tournament (this is a sports tournament in which the different schools of the Movement from Mexico, Colombia, and El Salvador gather to compete in different sports). Read the rest of this entry »


Miracle at US Largest Maximum Security Prison

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." -- Abraham Lincoln

What miracle occurred last December in America's largest maximum security prison, Angola (Louisiana)? The inmates built a Catholic chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in 38 days. Prisoner Jorge Rodriguez commented, "This was a bloody prison before but God is using [Warden] Burl Cain to show the world that this place changed and people can be changed." Blessings upon the Valdez and Garcia families for making this miracle happen.

Watch the inauguration ceremony here: Video

 

 



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