Regnum Christi

Valuing the Ordinary in an Extraordinary Time

While we are all in quarantine, we might ask whether there is something we can learn from it. Rafael Gil, a Regnum Christi Lay Consecrated Man, explains some lessons.

Rafael lives in Madrid, in the Conde de la Cimera community, and, works mainly at the Francisco de Vitoria University. There he mentors students, offers spiritual direction and formation to young adult members of Regnum Christi. He also teaches Theology of the Body.

RC Spain asked him to point out a lesson that the community of lay consecrated men in Spain have learned in their as a result of the pandemic that the country is suffering.

He explained, “It is said a lot that nobody knows what you have until you lose it. But it is also true that we value ordinary things more when, for some reason, we live them with an unusual intensity. And that is what has happened to us. In these moments, the priority is our community, the others here, far from the thousand and one responsibilities of the apostolate.”

Rafael pointed out how it changed his priorities, “We are learning to value a treasure that, it is true that we knew we had, but that perhaps activism sometimes makes us forget, at least partially.”

Then he spoke of spending time in community, “The long and rich conversations between us, the leisurely after-dinner sessions and the awareness that we are all responsible for making coexistence better for others, has been a unique opportunity to live that commandment of love of neighbor that we have learned so much. However, sometimes we to be reminded of this commandment.”

He concludes explaining his community situation, “The closeness of each member of the community (we are 5 lay consecrated men in this city where male consecrated life was founded), has allowed us to thank God for living more deeply with those people who have heard the same invitation to give themselves to the others through Regnum Christi.”

You can read his original testimony on the Regnum Christi site of Spain.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

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!