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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
November 27, 2018
As we approach the beginning of the liturgical year and Christmas, it’s a good time to consider simplifying our lives and perhaps even our prayer lives, to make room for Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Where are we distracted? What is unnecessary in our lives?
In my own life, I become distracted by my own expectations for the holidays. Will I be able to find the perfect gift for those people on my list? I need to remember, in reality there is no perfect gift. Nothing totally fulfills me or anyone on my list except Jesus Christ. It is impossible for me to really fulfill anyone on my Christmas list with any gift I might find. That’s God’s place.
And living through the Santa Rosa fires last year was perhaps God’s way of helping me/us to see that most components in my life are not really necessary. God is the only necessary thing. Again, I tend to hold onto (or attach to) things like whether Christmas cards are sent out “on time,” whatever “on time” means, or whether my house is spotless for our family gathering won’t really matter this time next year. What will matter now, at Christmas and next year is how generous am I in making time and room for God to act in my life during this new liturgical year.