there is an active Cursillo Movement here. I personally have been involved with
Cursillo for almost thirty years. I was encouraged to participate by many
parishioners, and after I made the three-day weekend, I eventually became
Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Movement for my home diocese. I have found
Cursillo to be a powerful tool for evangelization within the Church, as it renews
and strengthens Catholics in their faith and links them even more closely to the
Church and to Christ. God’s grace is very evident in the Cursillo Movement,
which is nothing more than a Catholic life fully lived, with additional supports
to strengthen and encourage Cursillistas. I am pleased to continue my
involvement with Cursillo now as the Bishop of Joliet!
|"Go into the whole
world and proclaim
the good news to
|Joliet Cursillo ~ P.O. Box 4247 ~ Lisle, IL 60532
milieus where people live and work through the involvement of 'new men and
women' who have become such from their encounter with Christ. This is the
goal of the three-day 'little course' on Christianity, in which a team of priests
and lay people, supported by the prayer and sacrifices of the movement's other
members, communicate the fundamental truths of the Christian faith in an
especially 'living' way. When presented in this way, the message of Christ
almost always opens participants in a Cursillo to the gift of conversion and to a
deeper awareness of the Baptism they have received and of their own mission in
the Church. They feel called to be the prophetic 'leaven' which is kneaded into
the dough so that the whole mass will rise (Mt 13: 33), to be the 'salt of the earth'
and the 'light of the world' (Mt 5: 13-14), to proclaim to everyone they meet
that only in Jesus Christ is there salvation (Acts 4: 12), and that it is 'only in the
mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear'"
(Gaudium et spes, n. 22).
Movement, Saturday, July 29, 2000
"The little seed sown in Spain more than 50 years ago has become a great tree
rich in fruits of the Spirit. Be courageous witnesses of the ´deaconry of truth´
and act with the ´force of communion.’ Fix one´s gaze on the face of Christ,
trust in the primacy of grace to undertake a journey of catechesis and prayer, of
conversion and holiness of life, [whose fruits will be] a solid sense of belonging
to the Church and a renewed impetus for evangelization in the realms of daily
life and activity.
"Dear Cursillistas! Follow confidently the way of formation and Christian life
that you have undertaken with so much generosity. 'Duc in Altum! [Go into the