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Reflections from our Spiritual Director
Deacon Sergio Orozco
What is it that I like the most about the Catholic Cursillo Movement?
In the course of my life, looking for happiness and love, I was searching everywhere, among friends, family, loved ones, etc. and I always found either one thing or the other, but it never made me feel complete, it never made the anxiety leave me; there was always a void in me. After being invited to a 3-day retreat (Cursillo) many, many, times, and every time thinking. “I’m not crazy enough to be in a retreat for a whole 3 days” The Hoy Spirit Did it’s Work in me and I Said Yes. Once I was in and I started to open my heart, I began to feel Love, day after day, a Love without conditions a fulfilling Love very personal; I felt at peace, I had what my heart was looking for all along. I discover that it was God’s Love, and that the only thing God wanted was the salvation of my Soul. Knowing that filled my heart with the kind of love and happiness I had been looking for, for many years, the difference was that I had been looking in all the wrong places. I discover that we are only going to find real love in our personal encounter with God, our Lord, our Creator, but in order to get to know him, in order to be able to have this personal encounter with God, we need to, leave our egos, our own persona and open our hearts to Him, He is our Good Shepherd.
John 10: 2-4
2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know is voice
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?