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Ecclesial Movements: The Christian Life Movement

By Jorge Paredes
June 5th, 2009
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The invitation from Jesus Christ to go and evangelize the whole world is at the core of the Movement.

DENVER (Catholic Online) - The Christian Life Movement - CLM (Movimiento de Vida Cristiana - MVC) was born in 1985, in Peru. At that time a number of initiatives from members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, now a Society of Apostolic Life, had already begun to bloom. Luis Fernando Figari, the Founder of the Sodalitium, conceived the idea of gathering those people and initiatives together in an ecclesiastic movement. Thus, the Christian Life Movement was born as fruit of an apostolate that had been blessed by the Holy Spirit.

As time went by, the CLM expanded to other countries in Latin America. On March 23, 1994, the Christian Life Movement received the Holy See’s recognition as International Association of Christian Faithful of Pontifical Right on the feast day of Saint Toribio of Mogrovejo, who was Archbishop of Lima and Primate of a good part of Latin America between 1580-1606.

The Christian Life Movement obtained recognition of the Apostolic See through a Decree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, presided over by His Excellency Cardinal Eduardo Pironio.

From that moment the expansion of the Christian Life Movement has become increasingly immense. There are now many communities and individual members in different countries of America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Apostolic Vocation

The identity of the CLM is sealed with the vocation to do apostolate. The invitation from Jesus Christ to go and evangelize the whole world is at the core of the Movement. The CLM is committed to the evangelization of the world with four main emphasis: youth, culture, families and the most needy.

Youth and Young Adults

The CLM is committed to offer the youth a Christian way of life. In the youth not only the future of the nation is projected but also the present, they are the hope for a better world. The future of society depends on their education in the faith of the Church and their adherence to her, on their love for the truth, on the steadfastness of their convictions, of their coherence with the just and true values and their conformation with Jesus Christ.

Culture

The world today, together with wonderful technological discoveries and other accomplishments, also offers a sad scene of ruptures, a fracture between faith and culture. As Pope Paul VI affirmed, the rupture between the Good News and the culture, is the drama of the present times. The CLM is convinced that the New Evangelization, to which the Holy Father and the bishops had persistently invited to do, involve to take the Good News of Our Lord Jesus to the roots of the culture of the human being. Therefore there is nothing human that is alien to the proclamation of the Gospel

Families

The family is the sanctuary of life and the core of all social life. Of its identity, its cohesion and its consistency depend the cohesion and consistency of all society. The CLM puts the family as a very important aspect of its commitment, because it consider that is the school where all human being can learn to live a life according to God’s will. The CLM encourages the family to renew its fidelity to Our Lord and to be a cenacle of love, like the Holy Family.

The Most Needy

The evangelic service of the CLM is vitally linked to the commitment out of solidarity with anyone that discovers in any way threatened his dignity as human being and his life affected. This is why the Movement is committed out of solidarity with the the most needy, the sick, the marginalized, the abandoned, the poor, the illiterate and each and everyone in which we see the face of Christ suffering.

Our Spirituality

The Spirituality of the Christian Life Movement is Eminently Marian. The spirituality of the Christian Life Movement is expressed in the motto: “Through Christ to Mary, through Mary more fully to the Lord Jesus”. In the Mother of the Lord we see the model par excellence of Christian life and fidelity to the Divine design.

The Christian Life Movement considers that each person is a basic unity. We see in that deep reality an invitation according to the design of God to link life and concrete daily experience with Faith, promoting the person’s impulse towards sanctity in an integral manner. We strive to overcome all separation between Faith and Life in the conviction that, like Mary, we must live a deeply incarnated spirituality in our daily lives.

The Christian Life Movement is committed to a permanent effort, to live and disseminate the gift of reconciliation as the “central theme in the task of the Church”, as has been taught by Pope John Paul II, and as a way of approaching the whole mystery of Christ from a dimension of plenitude and totality.

Associations & Services

The Christian Life Movement is made up of both people who join the movement on a individual level and associations whose members are identified with the Christian Life Movement.

Marian Groups, of either men or women, are communities of apostolic life for young people who wish to take their lives seriously and mature in their Christian commitment and apostolate. Each group is made up of five to twelve young people who, with the support of an animator, form themselves intellectually in the truths of the Faith and the teachings of the Church.

Nazareth, married couples of different ages who wish to deepen their calling to sanctity as couples, get together and participate in Nazareth. Through a program of formation developed in weekly meetings and other initiatives which contemplate the concrete demands of married life and the upbringing of children in respect and freedom, according to the teaching of the Church.

There are many other associations and services in which members of the CLM encourage the new evangelization. Services in mass media and education, as well as many others, are occasion for members of the CLM to announce the Lord.

For more information about the Christian Life Movement: denverclm@clmusa.org

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