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Cursillo QUESTION from Christina Owens February 29, 2000 Can you tell me a litte about what the Churchs position is on Cursillo. I have been invited to make mine and I don't even know what it is. I have found little on it and no statements from the Catholic church or the Pope on if this is something the Catholics should be participating in.
Thank you for you help the passage at the bottom of this message is something that was written to me by a Catholic that is trying to get other Catholics involved in this movement.
Thank You Christina
Cursillo is a special walk with the Lord. It is a very special retreat weekend that starts on a Thursday night and ends Sunday night. There is a retreat house in Methuen at St. Basil's where they hold the Cursillo weekends. You can only make one Cursillo in a life time.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on March 5, 2000 Dear Miss Owens:
The following are excerpts from the National Cursillo Center Website:
The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo , is Spanish, meaning short course and is often associated with a 3-Day weekend - which is only one aspect of the Cursillo Movement. The proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity). There is much more to the Cursillo Movement than just a 3-Day weekend. This Movement evolved from Spain, where it got its origin, in the 1940s. The Cursillo Movement did not develop by accident. it began when a group of men dedicated themselves to bringing the young men of their city of Mallorca, Spain, to know Christ better. It developed as they prayed and worked together; it developed as they talked together, sharing their thoughts about the state of the world and the effectiveness of their efforts to bring the light of Christ to it.
In 1980 Pope John Paul II, addressing the first National Italian Ultreya in Rome said,
Your movement, which recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, devotes itself to drawing forth from Christians a commitment to live lives consistent with their faith whether individually or as a community-and to bring this ferment to the environments where you live. You have discovered anew the explosive truth of the evangelical message: God, Father of all, comes to us as we encounter him in Jesus Christ to reunite us through the grace of the Spirit in one family which is the Church. In her we are truly able to experience even now the love which will be the inexhaustible fountain of eternal joy in heaven. Here then is the synthesis of all of Christianity. This is the news that all human hearts hope for without realizing it. Therefore dedicate yourselves more and more to being tireless apostles in your environments.
My apostolic blessing goes with you as a pledge of this divine grace which enables you to live forever.
The purpose (or goal) of the Movement is to make Christian community possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and other places where people live the greater part of their lives. It makes possible for anyone in the world to live a Christian life in a natural way.
National Cursillo Center Website is found at: http://www.natl-cursillo.org/index.html
As far as I know, you can attend as many Cursillos as you wish.
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