Regnum Christi

November 13, 2023

Novena to Christ the King 2023 | Introduction

The Novena to Christ the King will begin with Day 1 on November 17th, 2023.



In the essay published in October of this year, we reflected on the parables of the Kingdom as criteria of discernment according to the spirituality of Regnum Christi. Furthering this reflection as we approach the solemnity of Christ the King, we want to ask for the grace to take on the traits of the kingdom that the gospel suggests to us, by continuing to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 13:14)


When we make this reflection, it helps us to measure how much the gospel has taken root in our lives and to discern the ways in which the mission may continue to develop according to these principles, rather than falling back solely on principles of efficiency and human logic. When we are attentive to the guidance that Christ gives us, we can be confident that “The Kingdom of God is among you.” (Lk 17:21) It is a Kingdom that is like the wheat among weeds, a mustard seed, leaven in the dough, and treasure found in a field.


In the Gospels, Jesus also mentions some elements of the Kingdom which we must assimilate into our lives if we want to be true witnesses of his love: Christ’s kingdom is not a Kingdom of this world, but it is present in it; it’s a Kingdom moved by the impulse of love; it’s not built on our human securities; it’s a Kingdom of friends, not of servants; it’s a Kingdom of those who do not seek to be served, but to serve.


This year the Solemnity of Christ the King is celebrated with a liturgy of the Word that places the parable of the Kingdom front and center: the parable in which Jesus reminds us that he dwells in each person and that whatever we do with any of his little ones, we do to him. He himself, his Kingdom, his love, becomes present when we welcome others in their need and destitution, because he himself chose poverty, the cross, and the necessity of going out to meet us and share his love with us.


Meditating on the Kingdom that Jesus Christ came to establish, which is actually Christ himself, will help us in our daily struggle to become more like him so that we can make him present here and now.


Practical note: The novena consists of an opening call-and-response, followed by the relevant gospel verse, a moment of silence, and an optional reflection which may be said aloud or reflected on individually. Then the concluding prayer and invocation are said.

Click  to download the essay in English or Spanish, or listen to the audiobook.

November 13, 2023 – Uprooting Sin






Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin


Luke 17:1-6


Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”


Introductory Prayer: I believe in you, Lord Jesus, as the only one who can fill my heart. I believe in the power of faith to change my life and the lives of others. I trust that you will grant me the light and strength to cast out sin from my life. I come to you in prayer so that I can love you even more with a firm but serene opposition to sin.


Petition: Lord, may I desire “death before sin.”


  1. Causing Others to Sin: The negative effects of sin are many: offending God, damaging my conscience and soul, hardening my heart, forming bad habits, losing grace and will power, creating distance and difficulty in prayer, etc. But no result of sin is more damaging than that of scandal, where my sin leads others to sin. Why is this so serious? As a Christian I am called to live and teach Christ’s life to others. Scandal falsifies and contradicts my vocation and mission in life. We all have “little ones” entrusted to us: children, family members, those new to the faith, those searching, those who are especially weak… If I am truly dedicated to lead them to Christ, then sin and scandal will have little room. How real and determined is my dedication?


  1. Rebuke and Forgive: We must fight sin wherever we find it. How much more difficult does this become in a world where tolerance is ranked above virtue! Even in family life we are tempted to let things go and not create friction and uneasiness. But if sin is our greatest enemy, then we must always cast it out. The key is to do everything with the heart of Christ, a heart of love: ready to forgive the sinner, never judging their heart, but never minimizing an evil action. How well do I teach moral truth? Do I distinguish the sin from the sinner? Is Christ’s love always my motivation and dominant message?


  1. Faith Uproots Sin: All of this—fighting personal sin and helping others conquer it—seemed a bit much for the Apostles. They begged for an increase of faith. Faith of any size embraces God’s understanding of the evil of sin and seeks to live accordingly. Yet sin is not overcome easily, and mere understanding is not enough. We must uproot sin from our lives and reject it constantly in the lives of others. Only Christ’s love provides the strength we need, and often the perseverance in battling the same sins over time only comes through the strength that comes from Christ’s love. Only through Christ can our hearts be filled and not return to old habits of sin.


Conversation with Christ: Give me, Lord, the courage to fight sin in my life. Grant me your heart, Lord, so I can fight and suffer without cowardice, without taking time out and without discouragement, even if others do not understand or thank me. Help me to uproot sin from my life and put you first.


Resolution: I will fight to eradicate sins against charity in my family or work life. I will avoid it and call others to do so too in a gentle but firm manner.



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Parables of the Kingdom

as Criteria for Discernment
In Jesus’ teachings, we find discourses, sayings, and parables. They are a compass for us as Christians, and especially as Regnum Christi members. They show the path and the direction for making our decisions. Living the Gospel message of the Kingdom of God lets us make the Kingdom present: by incorporating it into our lives, that Kingdom continues to have a presence in and an effect on the world today.In this essay, we will focus on the parables of the Kingdom as criteria for discerning our Christian and apostolic lifestyle in light of the proclamation of the Kingdom. While it is true that the central proclamation of the Kingdom is contained in Matthew’s “Sermon on the Mount” (Mt 5-7) and Luke’s “Sermon on the Plain” (Lk 6:20-49), the parables of the Kingdom themselves are key to understanding whether we are living our life and mission according to the demands of the Kingdom that Jesus himself proclaimed and lived.

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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!