“I’ve been involved with Cursillo for a long time and I have a great gut regard for the Cursillo method and all the people I’ve met through Cursillo. Here, adults were talking about how Jesus Christ had touched their lives. So it touched mine and He touched me.”
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Mark describes the “outpouring of grace” he received on his Cursillo weekend, after recognizing that something important was missing in his life – a relationship with his Creator. To his surprise, he discovered many family members already made their Cursillo weekend including his own mom and a distant relationship with his sister after 30 years.
Facing serious family difficulties in 1985, Cursillo members in Marg’s parish reached out to her with love and support. Since then, Cursillo has become an anchor in her faith life while leading her three adult children to remain committed to their Catholic faith.
Betty describes how Cursillo was life-changing from day one. “I was ripe for change!” she exclaims, ready to take a deeper step in her faith. She also discovered a new world of friends she says, “I know I can count on.”
Anne says, “Before Cursillo, I felt I was close to God. I prayed a lot and I’ve always been a faithful Catholic. I didn’t realize actually, that there was something missing in my life….which is silly because we always can use more of God and of Jesus’ love…”
“Before my Cursillo weekend,” Dan says, “I didn’t think that men could love you like women could love you – real love, not infatuation or sexual love. After that weekend, I encountered Christ through those men and I knew that men could love unconditionally.”
On Saturday night, I said, ‘Okay God, I quit. I’m yours.’ I went to bed and got up the next morning and I just felt all different. It was the way my friends who are more evangelical would say, ‘born again.’ It was absolutely, absolutely that sense of being all different. I teased my parish priest(…)
“Because of my special needs, I didn’t feel accepted by people and I was just doing unacceptable behaviours because I got angry at people and I wanted to get back at them.” ~ Joey
In particular, Cursillo helped me become a better paramedic when I was dealing with lives, people in despair…
Sharon says, “When I can’t give anymore on a human level, He gives me that little bit of something so that I can love even more the people that are hard to love, the ones under the influence of substances or just not in a good place…. I could convey love…”
Bishop Crosby: “Any priest who experiences a Cursillo, I really do think it enriches their ministry…”
“…because they are listening to lay people talk about their experience of faith and of meeting Christ. I think it helps them even in the kinds of homilies they give because so much of it is based on personal experience. I loved the honesty of the group and the team formation. It has deepened my(…)