What is Cursillo?
Cursillo is an international Catholic movement recognized by the Catholic Church which has subsequently spread to several other Christian churches. It began in Spain in 1949 and was started by Bishop Juan Hervas and Dr. Eduardo Bonnin.
Its name comes from the Spanish word “Cursillo” which means “small course”. The original full name is “Cursillos de Cristiandad,” meaning “short course in Christianity”.
The Cursillo Weekend is neither a traditional retreat nor a theoretical course. It is best described as an experience which leads to discovering a better life and what is fundamental in Christianity. During the three days of the weekend, participants have a deep and profound experience of Christian life:
· We get to know ourselves better (encounter self)
· We experience the presence and love of Jesus Christ (encounter Jesus)
· We see the goodness that can be provided by a loving and caring Christian
Community (encounter others)
The three day weekend helps you experience your Catholic faith more fully. You are motivated to engage in a spiritual life filled with joy, laughter and enthusiasm, and to discover an enhanced relationship with God. Presentations and discussions, led by a team of Catholic lay people and spiritual advisors, will emphasize:
· The meaning of Grace and the Sacraments
· The need for prayer and ways of living life in union with God
The whole point of the Cursillo movement is that ordinary people can steadily grow in the love and service of God and neighbor for the rest of their lives. The Cursillo weekend can represent the first essential step along the way or perhaps deepen your current spiritual life. Christian growth is a life-long process. Cursillo provides a framework for this process both during the three days and after your weekend in what is called the Post-Cursillo. In the Post-Cursillo the emphasis is on maintaining a vibrant and growing Christian community from which springs the apostolic action required to make ours a better world in which to live.
Cursillo awakens a consciousness of power and the mission to become a leader in the work of Christian renewal, with the support of a Christian community.
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