|In 1987 I began my Cursillo journey. When I look back on my life before and after that weekend retreat I can see many differences. Before that weekend I was a practicing Catholic and a decent person but my faith life was pretty private and somewhat passive in terms of action.
However, after the weekend my life changed. I no longer viewed my faith as a very private thing not to be openly talked about but I saw it as a belief that could be shared and used to promote Christian action and charitable works.
Through Cursillo I have met so many wonderful people who have become a part of my life and some that even though they have passed on, their memories still touch my life. They inspired me then and continue to inspire me now, in so many ways.
When I see the effect Cursillo has had on my family it humbles me. To realize how wonderful our God is and how much He loves each of us. To watch my children become part of Cursillo was so wonderful and then to actually serve on weekends with my son…leaves me speechless.
Serving on Cursillo weekends has been an “E-ticket ride” (please forgive the Disneyland reference) each and every time. The team building, masses, meditations, rollos, music, food and friendship seemed overwhelming at times. And yet each weekend was the best one ever.
The friendships and love of our 4th day stays with Jane and I each week. The sharing and support we give and receive is priceless and becomes such an important part of our everyday life that I can’t imagine ever going forward without it.
Perhaps you can also recall many of these same experiences. So, I am writing this today out of concern for our Cursillo future. I believe we must continue to provide this wonderful ministry to others. However we, as a community, are experiencing several unfilled vacancies on the Secretariat and we must pull together to fill these or our beloved Cursillo movement will falter.
Over the years I have served in different capacities on the Secretariat and would again if I had to but I believe what is needed is for some folks, younger than me, which is actually most of you reading this, to come forward and serve. You might think, “I’m not qualified” but as the old saying goes, “God does not call the qualified, God qualifies the called.”
So please consider serving in some capacity for one term. You are truly needed. If you’re not sure or have questions, contact me and we can talk. If I can’t answer your questions I will help you get answers. [Note: contact Larry Cargnoni and he guarantees he will connect you and me]
Love and peace,
I’d like to close with one of my favorite prayers.
St Teresa”s Prayer
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. Amen