|Catholic Cursillo Movement of Santa Rosa||
Reflections from our Retired Founding Spiritual Advisor
Deacon Joe Olsen
The most common question I get when I introduce the Catholic Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is, "Why do we have a Catholic Cursillo?"
I like doing lots of different things with lots of different people, but, as a Catholic, I especially like to serve people with the rites, rituals, prayers, events, and organizations of the Catholic Church. That is where I am home, where I am most comfortable, where I am best able to serve and be served.
We live in a secular, culturally diverse world. I enjoy being with many people and I appreciate the great diversity of our beliefs and practices. I am glad to pray with those who are non-Catholic, but I am truly Catholic and praying as a Catholic is what is best for me.
The worldwide Catholic Cursillo Movement is a lay movement within the Church which has a rich heritage. Its methods and practices have been tried and tested for 65 years and has the approval of the hierarchy.
What I like most about the Catholic Cursillo Movement is that in our Group Reunions, Ultreyas, School of Leaders, Secretariat, and Weekends, we consistently include the prayers and practices of Catholic worship. On our weekends, we participate in the celebration of Mass each day and reconciliation is available throughout the weekend. At each Ultreya a portion of our time is set aside for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In our Group Reunions we utilize the prayers common to the prayer life of Catholics: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and prayer to the Holy Spirit.
As a Catholic, I encounter Christ in the Catholic Cursillo Movement. I find that my prayer life and my faith life are encouraged by worshiping, praying, learning more about my religion, growing and serving others within the Catholic Church with the support and encouragement of the Catholic Cursillo Movement. All Catholics are invited to participate in the Catholic Cursillo Movement.
Lay Director’s Corner
June 22, 2017
Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice” popped into my head and it caught my attention.
It triggered a memory I had of a particular saint proclaiming he was a fool for Christ.
Rejoicing and being playful, lighthearted - a fool appeals to me at this time in history.
There are so many challenges today, so much that needs healing. One can get bogged down by the weight of our times.
A little levity and change of pace can lift our hearts and spirits to God in gratitude.
I associate words like playing, singing, dancing, clowning with rejoicing, along with eating, talking, joking, creating and playing games.
I remember how abandoning my plans one day in response to my daughter’s invitation to join her on the lake with jet skis reoriented me toward God and a joyful spirit. As we were traveling home, we were all rejoicing in our family and in the God who had provided abundance for our every need. And we rejoiced!
How do you rejoice in the Lord?