MESSAGE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Monday, 31 January 2005
1. On the occasion of the Third General Chapter of your Institute, I am pleased to send a special greeting to Fr Marcial Maciel, your Founder, as well as to Fr Álvaro Corcuera, recently elected General Director of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and of the Regnum Christi Movement. I also extend my greeting to the members of the General Council and to the other Chapter Fathers.
2. The General Chapter is always a very important event for revitalizing your founding charism, for examining with a grateful heart the wonders that God has wrought in your history and for facing the challenges to the Church today with your own spirituality, in communion with the multitude of charisms that the Holy Spirit has poured out upon her down the centuries.
You are meeting at a historic moment in the life of your Institute, in which a
new phase is unfolding. For 64 years, you have had the opportunity of proceeding
under your Founder's guidance. Thus, you have grown and developed to maturity.
You will now have to journey on guided by the new General Director. You will
not, however, be deprived of the assistance, fatherly affection and experience
of Fr Maciel, who has declined a new period of governance. This commits you to
preserving, living and faithfully transmitting the gifts that you have received
from the Lord through him.
I ask the Holy Spirit, through the motherly intercession of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, to enlighten you in your work in the Chapter, and I impart my heartfelt Apostolic Blessing to you all.
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