We are watching the implosion of a group that is reduced to emotional appeals to its membership, heavy-handed manipulation, and is wallowing in self-pity. Here is the weekly mailing to the rank-and-file who are dragging themselves through life with a perverse sense that Regnum Christi = Jesus Christ.
A Wounded Soldier
November 22, 2009
I LOVE CHRIST, THEREFORE I LOVINGLY EMBRACE MY VOCATION TO REGNUM CHRISTI
159. The Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, lives and acts under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enlightens the Pope and the bishops in their task of guiding God’s people, and pours out countless gifts and charisms throughout history. Thus, the Spirit has raised up religious communities and ecclesial movements which, in communion with their Pastors, enrich the life of the Church and are called to cooperate, each according to its specific charism, in the one mission of evangelization (Regnum Christi Member Handbook).
Reflections: There is no limit to the ways that the Holy Spirit can speak to those who listen. The more one advances in the quest for sanctity, the more one learns to recognize his murmur in a million places. That’s why there are so many saints, because each person needs to find his own way of imitating Christ.
Even in the words of an animated film about a horse one can find a useful reflection for his spiritual life. These words reflect what many may be feeling in these heart-breaking times for the Legion and the Regnum Christ.
“Sound the bugle now. Play it just for me. As the seasons change, remember how I used to be. Now I can’t go on. I can’t even start. I have nothing left, just an empty heart. I’m a soldier, wounded, so I must give up the fight. There’s nothing left for me. Lead me away, or leave me lying here. Sound the bugle now. Tell them I don’t care. There’s not a road I know that leads to anywhere. Without a light, I feel that I will stumble in the dark. Lay right down, and decide not to go on. Then from on high, somewhere in the distance, there’s a voice that calls: “Remember who you are. If you lose yourself, your courage soon will follow. So be strong. Remember who you are.” You’re a soldier now, fighting in a battle, to be free once more, and that’s worth fighting for. (“Spirit”)
Christ calls to you from on high, and says:
Colloquy: “Regnum Christ member, remember who you are. You are what you are because I have chosen you. You are part of a work of the Holy Spirit. You love me, and that is the only reason that you lovingly embrace your vocation. Do you really think I can abandon you? Don’t you know that I love you too much? Don’t give up. They need you, and I need you too. You must know that I know how tough it is, you are wounded, but you have no wound that I have not born before you. I will be your strength. Don’t worry so much about others, friends.
It appears that they're really on the ropes. There seems to be no joy, and their very identity (co-founders of a twisted methodology) has caused a wound that cannot be cauterised. This reminds me of that letter in Envoy that said leaving Regnum Christi should be like cutting off the arm. (Without anesthesia, evidently.) But the perversity is that staying is the toxic choice. Staying leads to this self-inflicted wound, but the die-hards cannot grasp that. They mistake this suffering for embracing Christ, when it has really come from embracing a cult pretending to be Christ.
[And to think they're asking for lots of names to join the "wounded soldiers" with their "empty hearts."]
Nota bene: on a theological level, it is risky to put words in Christ's mouth (and Thomas a Kempis, the author aint!) There are enough of His words in the Gospels to find consolation and guidance without channeling God, because when one plays ventriloquist -- spewing to the audience that God "says" Don't give up on Regnum Christi -- you can be sure that it's time to run far, far away.
Regnum Christi is NOT who these people really are. They are members of the Universal Church who can fully live out their baptismal commitments outside the confines of this cult, and only then will they regain their authentic freedom to love and serve God. (Remarkable -- all these concepts are in the mailing, but jumbled to disguise the truth. That's who we're dealing with.)