Praying for the Legion of Christ’s General Chapter


It isn’t a secret I have not been overly optimistic about the success of the Legion of Christ’s ongoing General Chapter.  I want things to go well, but over the past three years time and again I have read and heard things that have not been encouraging.

Yet, today I looked over the photos of all the Legionaries present at the General Chapter.  I know the vast majority of them; almost all have been my classmates, teachers, superiors, co-workers, etc., at one point or another.  Seeing their faces flooded me with memories of them – of their hard work, their dedication, their advice, and their humor; memories of time we spent together, moments both of fun and of difficulty. I remember their virtue in the face of hardship and suffering, and their sincere efforts to carry out the work assigned to them, even when in some cases perhaps they were not the right man for the job.

Certainly, we all made mistakes, as we were living to some extent in an illusion. We were following rules, traditions, and an internal culture carefully organized by a man we thought was holy, but who was really the polar opposite.  Nonetheless, the men in the Legion, at least most of them, are – as I have said before – well intentioned, talented, devout, hard-working men. The priests in the General Chapter are a sampling of that, and their photographs helped me to remember it.

What happens to the Legion now doesn’t affect me very much directly; I am definitively on my way out, and am starting a new (and very different) life.  But I care very much what happens, because I really do love those men, and so many other people who are connected with or affected by the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi in one way or another.

Please join me in praying that God’s will may be done.  May the Holy Spirit move the hearts and minds of all those involved – the Legionaries, the cardinals involved in the General Chapter, and the Holy Father Pope Francis – for the best possible outcome.  May the Holy Spirit also help all those affected by the results of the General Chapter to recognize God’s plan its short and long-term repercussions, whatever they may be. I cannot think of any outcome that would make everybody happy, but if everyone does their best to follow God’s will, I’m sure He will surprise us all with His wisdom and goodness.

Click on the pic to see the full page with the photos and profiles of the “Chapter Fathers”:

chapter fathers

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About Matthew Green

I am an origami artist and photographer (and teacher of both), a blogger, a freelance translator, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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14 Responses to Praying for the Legion of Christ’s General Chapter

  1. ggirlforevah says:

    praying for them and of course, as always, for you in your new life

  2. Brother Dominic says:

    Thanks very much for the thoughtful reflection, and for your prayers!

  3. Biltrix says:

    United with you in prayer, of course. God bless!

  4. Cristián Borgoño says:

    Good to pray for those men to abandon as quickly as possible the sick culture Maciel produced, it’s up to them. God certainly wants it since He cannot support something He didn’t will

  5. Neil M Williams MD MPH says:

    Thanks for your thoughts. We all struggle to find the middle way and regain enthusiasm after great loss or betrayal. We’re in the midst of yet another snowstorm, longing for the blue bird of spring. Namaste, NEIL v8_BeFlowCreate

  6. My sentiments exactly.

  7. Jeanne says:

    Be assured of our prayers for you and those with whom you shared so much. We miss you, the faith you shared with us, your photography, etc. Godspeed.

  8. Thomas says:

    Well written, Fr Matthew. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord is guiding us in this renewal process through his Church, Mater et Magistra. Thanks for being a great philosophy teacher and academic guide during my formation. Hope all is well.

  9. Alice Gardner says:

    Hi Matthew,

    How are things going in Mexico ??

    Miss you here in Gloucester and at the group !

    The group meets every three months or so now at Cape Ann Giclee .

    I am getting bolder in my paintings and using acrylics again -fun and challenging .

    The best. Alice

    Sent from my iPad

    • Hi, Alice!
      Things are going pretty well here in Mexico. I miss being there in Gloucester with you all, but I hope to get up to visit again later this year. Have you posted any new photos of your work online?

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