|” I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”
– John 12:46
It’s November 2020. It gets darker earlier in the day. The weather trends towards damp and cold. Nature prepares for hibernation. The pandemic continues. People hunker down. Outside activities slow down. People may feel more alone, especially as the pandemic continues and the risk of isolation remains very real. The recent election stirred up strong, and sometimes polarizing, emotions and feelings. The joy of Christmas season is weeks away.
We must journey through several months of physical and sometimes emotional and spiritual darkness, before spring’s renewal. “Normalization” from the pandemic is months away. It can be a difficult journey for some.
Jesus tells us He is the light in our darkness. Jesus’ light and love burns bright in our souls if we allow it. The flame from a single candle in a dark room brings heat, light and often feelings of hope and comfort. Seeking Jesus, becoming more like Jesus, brings us hope and sustains us. But that may not be enough for some.
Each of you holds the light of Christ in your heart. He asks that we share that light with others. As we hear in Chris Rice’s song, Go Light Your World:
“Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world”
I ask each of you, as we move through the final months of a difficult 2020, be that light of Christ for someone. You never know the positive impact you may have on someone by taking action.
Take your candle and call someone who is alone, offer palanca for someone and tell them about it, safely help the marginalized, forgive somebody, reconcile a relationship, invite a new person to your group reunion/4th Day, be kind to everyone, and pray that you will be that light of Christ for someone.
We have School of Leaders this Thursday, November 12. Details are below. We are discussing Actual Grace and Piety rollos and the role of the Service Team. Would you please join us?
The North America and Caribbean International Group of Cursillo in Christianity is holding a very international and uplifting Virtual Encounter 2020 on November 17. Details are below.
Our first online Ultreya is scheduled for Monday, November 23. Details below. We are looking forward to seeing all of you!
Please see below for an update on the Spring 2021 weekends.
The Secretariat is discerning for both the Post-Cursillo Chair and the Three-Day Chair. These are opportunities to serve our community and be a steward to the Cursillo Charism. Won’t you please prayerfully consider serving our Community? Please see below.
Please be safe and please continue being that Light of Christ – living your Post-Cursillo – to all you meet. You will be the light of Christ to someone whom you least expect.
You are in my daily prayers.
Sincerely and De Colores,
P.S. For your convenience, the list of Group Reunions (4th Day Groups) can be found now at this link: www.sanjosecursillo.org/fourth-day/.