|Catholic Cursillo Movement of Santa Rosa
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
A little history about me. My husband, Tim and I will be married 34 years in September. We moved from Minnesota to California about 20 years ago. We have four children, two of which still live in Minnesota. I retired from working at St Elizabeth Seton in May of 2018.
I made my Cursillo in October of 2014. The Cursillo Movement has helped me to grow spiritually. Mass is more meaningful, and my prayers are prayed, not just recited. I feel closer to Jesus and Mary, knowing they are always there for us; and I am willing to go where God leads me, even when I am unsure of my abilities. My family is very supportive of my spiritual life as well as my involvement with Cursillo.
May God bless you.