[YFE Atlanta 2007]
Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, (b. 1934) was among the speakers last weekend in Atlanta, GA at the 2007 Regnum Christi Youth and Family Encounter (YFE). Other prominent speakers included former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (1999-2007), Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, L.C. , General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement, and Rwandan Genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza. (I have a post dedicated exclusively to her .)
It is more than safe to say that we were all very happy that Cardinal Rodé attended the Regnum Christi YFE, gave an encouraging talk, and celebrated the Eucharistic Sacrifice for us on Sunday. He more than competently fulfilled his “job” by being present and encouraging Regnum Christi members to “grow.”
In the Gospel our Lord speaks of the light that should not be put under a bushel basket and the talent that must not be hidden in the ground with the excuse of keeping it safe. Each charism that God gives his Church is a light and a talent. God could save the world without our help, but he wanted to need our help. God could make the Church fulfill its mission without the movements, but he wanted to create and need them. Here is our responsibility. Be on guard against vanity, and purify your intentions, but realize the responsibility that weighs on your shoulders. You have a treasure, not because you deserved it, but because God wanted to entrust it to you, and because he also wants many others to receive it through you. "What you have received freely, give freely."
Do not be afraid to grow; rather, fear not growing. How much good you will do if you grow! And how much good, sadly, will remain undone if you do not! The Church needs you, and it needs you even stronger and bigger. To be able to carry out your apostolic charism, you must grow.
If there is any guideline that you should take away from this encounter, let it be this: Grow. Grow in depth and in breadth. To grow in depth means to grow in your knowledge and love for Christ, in your intellectual and apostolic formation, and in the knowledge and command of your charism. To grow in breadth means to grow in numbers, so that through Regnum Christi there will be more apostles, apostolates, more initiatives at the service of the Church and souls. This is what the Church and the world need. And, I would say, it is what each one of you needs if you are not going to disappoint God’s plan for your lives.
Cardinal Rodé’s full talk can be found here.