"...the Cursillo method aims at helping to transform in a Christian way the milieus
where people live and work through the involvement of 'new men and 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 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 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).
Full Text of St. JohnPaul II address --> text
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
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Pope Francis):
"Being pilgrims in our City means not to be sedentary, but open to life and to
pay attention to what is happening in our heart like a Good Samaritan seeing the
harshness of life for so many of our brethren. It is necessary that the Cursillo
Movement, through the participation of all, continue its path of pastoral
Movement. Among his words of encouragement were the following:
"Cursillo's de Cristiandad, that is the word, purified through experience, affirmed
by its fruits, that today travels with citizenship papers throughout the world...
"Whether some methods become obsolete, whether new manifestations of the
Spirit arise, the permanent task of the layman will continue to be the infusion of
Christianity into life through the encounter and personal friendship with God and
in communion with his brothers. The layman, upon forming himself in
Christianity, reforms his mentality and conforms his life to Christ's image by
means of faith, hope and charity; acting with complete responsibility he transforms
the temporal structures in which he is immersed, guided in his action by the glance
of Christ he continually tries to remake the world according to God's plan and
"We know that in your plan of spirituality and apostolate in the Cursillo Movement
the 'Sensus Ecclesiae' (mind of the Church) is the guiding light that orients you...
"Beloved sons and daughters: Our soul is so oppressed by the vision of the evils
which afflict the Church and mankind. But permit us to express our overwhelming
joy that, at this moment, floods our soul before the immense chorus of your manly
faith in Christ, your fidelity to the Church, your fervent loyalty to this Chair of
Peter and to the ministry of the episcopal hierarchy. "Cursillo's de Cristiandad!
Christ, the Church, the Pope, are counting on you!"
|Joliet Cursillo ~ P.O. Box 4247 ~ Lisle, IL 60532
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 evangelization within the Church, as it renews
"The Cursillo was born of a desire to help those already baptized experience
anew the living Christ. They have incorporated their members into the Church's
introduce our friends who do not yet know Him. The Cursillo movement is a
great blessing for the Church and keeps all Catholics aware of the reason that
Christ founded the Church."
|"Go into the
the good news
to all creation"