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”: