Please join us for the next Diocesan Mass
Friday, March 2, 2018
Church of the Visitation, Brick, NJ @ 8PM
Bring a Friend!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


We had a wonderful School of Leaders Saturday Feb 17, 2018.

Father Jay Bowden gave a synopsis of his journey with the Cursillo Movement. Starting the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Trenton with a contingent from Buffalo NY approximately 45 years. We owe it all to Father Jay. Without his belief and total commitment to the Movement we would not have accomplished 126 Weekends since his journey began. Thank You, Father Jay.

We also had Bill Grippo give his talk on his journey through Cursillo. He relies on Study to inspire him with his daily living. Nick Grippo gave a wonderful talk about Bridging the Gap between generations. How this generation gets their information through Electronic Media (i.e.: Instagram, Twitter and other social media).

I also put up a picture gallery of all the Weekends. 

Everyone really enjoyed the gallery bringing back fond memories of past and more present weekends. From the black and white to color. 

DeColores, Kathy


One year ago, I made my Cursillo weekend: Trenton 125!  It’s been an amazing spiritual journey as I continue to live out my fourth day.  Also within the last year, I had the privilege of working on the team for Trenton 126.  Several personal obstacles tried to get in the way of me working with the team that weekend, but the Lord cleared the way, I said yes, and Rick, Al and others supported me and helped me join the great men of Trenton 126.  What a year.

Today I want to speak to you about the importance of study in our lives as Christians.  In my view, it is the foundation of the Cursillo movement.  Study can take many forms: reading; listening; and speaking.  Every person is different, and study may mean different things to different people.  The key is to develop study habits and to dedicate a set amount of time on a regular basis to studying the principles of our Catholic faith.  It does not have to be a lot of time; even a few minutes could suffice.

Why is this so important?  Study is a mechanism to develop tools to successfully address the challenges that life throws at us every day.  As Matthew Kelly says, life is messy.  When we are equipped with the tools of our faith, and a vibrant spiritual life, we are more prepared to handle the mess that life can create from time to time.  Health challenges, family dynamics, relationship troubles, work stress, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Studying our faith gives us the knowledge to combat these difficulties and to create hope in times of distress. 

As noted, study can take many forms.  At the most fundamental level, it is reading scripture.  That is an essential part of the study process.  Everything grows from that starting point.  Beyond that, there are endless spiritual guides, such as the Dynamic Catholic series of books and videos, which provide practical daily lessons on Catholicism and creating hope in our lives through Christian methods.

Study is particularly important in my life because I am an attorney and, as an attorney, I spend significant periods of time studying the law and then applying it to the facts of a particular case.  Being successful in law requires a relentless commitment to study.  The purpose of such rigorous study is to be as prepared as possible in handling a case.  Study in our spiritual lives serves a similar purpose – being prepared to address life’s challenges through Christian methods.  It also prepares us to go out into our communities and have a positive impact.

In thinking about study, I note that today’s young adults are part of an information generation.  We should consider ways to better deliver the Catholic message to the younger generations.  Social media, webinars, and other forms of electronic communications can be effective ways of sharing our message and the study aspect of our faith. 

In closing, my Lenten challenge to each of you is to increase your study habits over the next few weeks (in addition to, say, giving up sweets, coffee, or wine!).  If you do not have a set routine of studying our faith and learning more about it, try to start a routine.  Spend 10-15 minutes each day reading anything you elect to read that you believe will help your spiritual growth.  If you already have such a routine, try to add to it or just maintain it during Lent.

Thank you, God bless and DeColores.    
Nick Grippo            

Friday, January 26, 2018


DeColores, Cursillistas!

It is with great pleasure to announce that we are sponsoring in partnership with Metuchen Diocese Cursillo a Cursillo de Cursillos (CDC). The CDC is a Diocesan Workshop intended for those Cursillistas who are the leaders in the Diocesan Cursillo Movement. Cursillistas who have the desire to learn about the Foundational Charism are encouraged to attend. The Cursillo Spiritual Advisors are also encouraged to attend. This can be an excellent opportunity to recharge and energize your evangelization the Cursillo way.

The CDC team consists of Regional Members and our own beloved Ronnie Martella will be on team. DATES    March 15 to 18, 2018TIMES    Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon (same as Cursillo weekend)
LOCATION    Blue Army Shrine Washington NJ  (we can carpool)
COST    $200 per person

There are two beds per room and open to both men and women.  Men, of course, will room with men, and women with women, unless they're husband and wife.

If you are interested, please contact me at weismary@yahoo.com or call me at 732-939-0172. Rooms are limited.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Today's Scriptures are powerful indeed. What is God saying to us today? In the 1st reading, neither the priest Eli nor young Samuel understood at first what was happening as the Lord was speaking to Samuel. Finally, Eli told him, " if ( when ) the Lord calls again, reply, ' Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.' " Sisters and brothers, you and I, AND SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR WORLD TODAY need -- have a REAL & DEEP NEED -- to say, " Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."

We sang in today's Responsorial psalm, " Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will." YOUR will ... GOD'S WILL-- not MY WILL; not the will of the so often regarded, and self-proclaimed, " trend setters of the world ". NO !  " Here am I, Lord, I come to do YOUR will." Verse 9 from today's psalm 40, puts it loud and clear: " To do YOUR WILL, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart."

In today's Gospel, John 1: 35 - 49, Jesus issues an invitation not just to Simon Peter's brother Andrew and the other ( unnamed ) disciple of John the Baptist, not just to Simon Peter and the others, and later, to Mary Magdalen and the Samaritan woman at the well, etc. etc., but an invitation to YOU and ME, and to all the PEOPLE in the WORLD. Jesus said to them in their time, and He says to us, and to our world today, ' Come to Me; come, walk with Me; " Come, and you will see."

I began by saying today's Scriptures are powerful indeed; what is God saying to us today? Hear the words of today's second reading... from 1st Corinthians 6:(13 - 20 ): " The body is NOT for IMMORALITY, BUT FOR THE LORD ... do you not know that YOUR BODIES ARE MEMBERS OF CHRIST? Avoid immorality ... do you not know that YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ", a sacred temple of God !!

And today that temple -- those temples -- are desecrated every day and every night ! " Do you not know that YOUR BODIES ARE MEMBERS OF CHRIST ?"

Look around us -- look at the internet, the T.V., movies, books, the magazines that abound seemingly everywhere, the terrible sin and scandal of priests' sex abuse --- pornography, adultery, living together outside God's sacred bonds of marriage, fornication in other ways, self-abuse, abortion, euthanasia, drug and alcohol abuse, cutting oneself, etc. etc.

Yes, it is easy, and legitimate, to point a finger at Harvey Weinstein and so many others -- famous people and not so famous alike -- who have willfully abused others, especially women, sexually and otherwise. It is right to be scandalized by, and so angry at, the sins of sexual abuse committed buy some priests and others in the Church.

Corinth, in the days of St. Paul, was known to be a hotbed for immorality, sexually and otherwise. Sadly, must we not acknowledge that the same is true in so many places and areas of life today ? But, remember the lesson of pointing the accusing finger at someone else. As Sister Mary something or other said back in our grammar school days, remember children, when you point your finger at someone else, you have three of your fingers pointing back at you ! So, let's look at ourselves! What shows do we watch? What movies do you go to, or rent? HOW DO WE CLOTHE OURSELVES ? What is our own personal dress code -- female or male ?! What about such a prevalent thing as the music we listen to, or buy?  The video games-- and what do we see exhibited there? And what about the all too readily available modern day scourge and fire of pornography ? ( pause )   What is OUR lifestyle -- in so many areas, is it that of Christ, or that which is OPPOSED to Him?

Yes, sin abounds ! The devil and his legions, his accomplices are powerful ! BUT GOD IS MORE POWERFUL ! The love of Jesus, the MERCY of God is infinite ! Hear some of the words of Jesus to St. Faustina. " I AM LOVE AND MERCY ITSELF; My HEART OVERFLOWS with great mercy for souls...let no soul FEAR TO DRAW NEAR TO ME, even though its sins be as scarlet...MY MERCY IS GREATER THAN YOUR SINS..."  ( --  from pg. 25 of the Divine Mercy booklet, Mercy and Devotion. ).   And, from page 27:  " Souls that make an appeal to my mercy DELIGHT ME. To such souls I GRANT EVEN MORE GRACE THAN THEY ASK. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to MY COMPASSION."

We have here at St. Greg's multiple times of confessions. Hear the words of Jesus in today's Gospel, " Come, and you will see."

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Mary, the chosen one from God to be the Mother of His son, Jesus, was a woman of Great Mystery, a woman of Deep Sorrow, and a woman of Unusual Trust. While Mary had other most unique qualities, I will zero in on these three qualities—Great Mystery, Deep Sorrow and Unusual Trust

Now the Bible tells us in Matthew and Luke’s Gospels that Jesus was born not through the human way of birth but through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Luke goes into more detail when he describes the appearance of Angel Gabriel who tells this to Mary. Here we have Mystery!  And Mary did not hesitate to let Angel Gabriel know. 

She tells him—“That’s impossible!  Joseph and I are not married yet and I’ve always been faithful to him.  We’re not living together either.” And as you know from Scripture Angel Gabriel clarified how Mary’s son would be born—through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Matthew tells us this also but not in as much detail as Luke tells us.

As I prayed and pondered this, I was so touched by Mary’s TRUST with her
response to Angel Gabriel—…”I am the handmaid of the Lord…..Be it done to me according to your word.”  While what was going to happen was still not totally understandable to Mary, she was graced with Unusual Trust in God. She was doing God’s will as difficult as it was.

And you know what!  What God did for Mary, God does for each one of us — God gives us unusual trust in Him to be able do His Will, no matter how
difficult it may be. I firmly believe that our caring God will never give us a task to perform without giving us what we need to do His Will. 

Now I talked about two of Mary’s unique qualities—Mystery and Trust.  Where does Sorrow fit in? 

According to Church teaching, Mary had seven sorrows and I will just name them and discuss two of them that center around the birth of Jesus as this is supposed to be a Christmas talk.    

They are: 1. Prophecy of Simeon  2. Flight into Egypt  3. Loss of Jesus in the Temple 4. Jesus carrying His cross  5. Standing near Jesus at the Cross  6. Jesus struck by the lance on the cross  7. Burial of Jesus

The first Prophecy of Simeon took place in the Temple when Mary and Joseph obeyed the Jewish law to register Jesus and have him circumcised shortly after His birth. Simeon, a holy and aged Priest who was praying in the Temple said to Mary; “Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” (Lk. 2:34-35) How Mary’s heart must have been so sad at Simeon’s harsh words.  I appreciated Mary all the more.

Now as I continued to pray and pondered Mary’s Deep Sorrows, I became aware of another sorrow Mary suffered, that the Church does not mention.  So I’m giving my own personal opinion on this since this talk is supposed to be from a woman’ view. I’m thinking of how Mary suffered so deeply when she broke the news to Joseph that she was going to have a baby through the power of the Holy Spirit and Joseph did not believe her.  Now the Bible does not tell us how long he remained away from Mary until an angel appeared to him in a dream.  You know the story. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid to marry Mary as her baby would be born through the power of the Holy Spirit.  And he obeyed and did God’s will. 

Now the point I’m trying to make is how Mary’s loving heart must have been torn with anguish when Joseph did not believe her and left her.  She truly loved him and he loved her.  Mary must have also suffered ridicule from many who knew her.  But none of that mattered.  She didn’t need their approval.  She needed Joseph’s approval and support and she did not have it!

But because Mary accepted and did God’s will and eventually so did Joseph, it worked out!  What a lesson for ALL of us!   Both Mary and Joseph received that amazing Grace to accept and do God’s will. It is no different with any of us.  When we accept and do God’s will, no matter how difficult a situation may be, it will work out! Take quiet time these precious days before Christmas to get to know Mary. You will be strengthened in your difficulties as Mary was.
Now because of God’s calling me to Religious life I have never been a biological mother.  Although I have been a spiritual mother to many throughout my life. So as I prayed and pondered the heavy words of Simeon to Mary, I was able feel her anguish. I felt deep compassion for Mary. Mary’s second sorrow was the Flight into Egypt.  Again as I prayed and pondered this, I became so much more aware of the fear and hardships of all the refugees today who have fled and still are fleeing with their families and few belongings because of so much persecutions they are enduring.  I can only imagine Joseph carrying this heavy burden to keep Mary, her new born infant Jesus and  himself safe from Herod.  And as they were fleeing to Egypt again at the command of an angel—again doing God’s will — how Mary’s heart was so torn with grief knowing that so many helpless children were being murdered in the attempt to find Jesus and murder Him also.  All because of King Herod’s fear and greed that he would be replaced as King by Jesus, as was told to him by his advisors.

Again as I prayed and pondered Mary’s Deep Sorrow of fleeing with her precious Christ Child and her beloved husband, Joseph, I began to realize how little my sufferings are compared to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the thousands of refugees today who are suffering.  Pray hard for all the suffering today in our world.

So as I continued to pray and ponder Mary’s Great Mystery of giving birth to the Son of God through the power of the Holy Spirit, along with her Deep Sorrow that every mother has of harm coming to her child, and the Unusual Trust she had throughout her hard and sorrowful life, I am encouraged to remain faithful to my caring, merciful and just God.  I do believe that in spite of all the hardships and cruelty in our world today, good will triumph over evil.  So pray for that—that good will triumph over evil.

And finally, Jesus was born not in a palace but in a stable where animals
lived. God, through the person of His Son, Jesus, showed us how much He
loves and favors the poor. 

This reminds me of a time back in 1980’s when I had an opportunity to
visit the famous grotto in Lourdes, France.  While there another tourist and
myself visited the various sites that St. Bernadette frequented.  One of those sites was actually her home in a jail cell!  As I stared at the one large room or cell where Bernadette along with her small family resided, I kept saying to myself, “How Jesus loves the poor.”

So this baby, Jesus, grew up in poverty and the love of his mother, Mary,
and his foster father, Joseph.  Jesus taught us how to live in the spirit of
Poverty.  Unfortunately, he was not accepted by all in His time. It is no
different today.  Our world is in deep trouble.  His mother, Mary, in all
of her apparitions in different parts of the world, pleaded with the people
to turn away from evil and do good. Sadly, we know that this has not
yet totally happened.  Do we need to live in fear?  No, only if we are
faithful and have Total Trust can we truly believe that Jesus will reign as King   and Ruler of His universe.

Didn’t Jesus tell us in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 28; verse 20……”And behold, I am with you always, until the end of time.”



Dear Cursillistas,

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our community for reaching out and preparing me to work on team 126.  Each time I work on these men's weekends takes me back to when I made my weekend, years back.

Going out into the environment after these weekends does make an impact on everyone in our community.  We are all on the same spiritual journey.

We are all called to walk with Jesus.  It is up to us to respond yes to His call.  As we come closer to our Lord's birth let us remember to pray, pray, pray. My favorite scripture verse is from John 3:16.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son."

I congratulate the new candidates of Trenton 126 and offer words of encouragement.  You and all Cursillistas are living under Mary's Mantle.

Go out and live your fourth day.  It is a challenge in this environment.  May Jesus' light continue to shine in your hearts. 

Bring that friend to Christ.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

I wish everyone a Merry Blessed Christmas.

Robert Lauricella


Our School of Leaders today was amazing! I know that word is overused and exaggerated but not in this case. Over 30 people attended the best Christmas SOL ever!

We were inspired and prayerful from Sister Clara’s talk given by Pat Burke about the Holy Mother. What a beautiful unique outlook on the Virgin Mary and her relationship with her Son. We must seek pure joy even with sorrow, as Our Lady did, only through God. Our beloved Sister Clara could not be with us in person but was with us in spirit and had written such a beautiful talk, no one wanted to wait to hear it.

Al Martella gave such an awesome inspiring witness, it still fills my heart ❤️ and rings true, hours later. 

Those in Cursillo know: we are changed, transformed, by the Holy Spirit over the years to glorious cursillistas awaiting the coming of Christ, seen through our brothers and sisters. May the new babe chicks experience that joy.

Brothers and Sisters, may the peace of Christmas remain in your hearts throughout the new year and ever be a source of solace and contentment as we continually attempt to make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ. De Colores 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


On Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine will be sponsoring a bus trip to see the seasonally inspiring production of the “Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on a “first come, first served basis,” with NO REFUNDS, permitted. Following  the performance, we will be dining at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn for their Grand Smorgasbord. 

The price per person will be $120 and includes the Miracle of Christmas performance, dinner at the Bird-in-Hand, (including tax and tip) and round trip transportation from the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, with our bus leaving at 11:15 a.m. For more information, please contact Marty Weisman at: 732-462-7038 or email me at: “comehome@strobert.com “

Friday, November 24, 2017


“Keep your eyes on the prize!” Be thankful for the gift of salvation.

As we approach the end of our calendar year and liturgical year, we tend to look back to evaluate our life. We count our blessings as well as our trials. In counting blessings we often look at our material possessions, but seldom count our trials as something for which to be thankful.  We often think of our trials as something to be avoided, or as a punishment for our own sinfulness or the sinfulness of others. 

In the 1st letter of Peter we read: “Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.... you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” 

For seventy years my family and I were blessed with good health. However, on Christmas Day, 2012, I suddenly became ill. Because I am a man and can handle the pain, two days later, I underwent emergency surgery for diverticulitis. My colon had burst and I was full of infection. Doctors told my family I had a 50/50 chance of survival. Over the next two years I underwent three more surgeries related to my original surgery. I did not question God as to why this was happening to me; I honestly was glad to be able to unite my suffering with Christ’s suffering, offering it up for others who are less fortunate than I. 

 God gave me an angel to help me through it, my wife/nurse of 50 years who happened to retire on the day of my first surgery and has been my private duty nurse for the last five years. I also have a loving, family and friends who support me with their love and prayers.  At the times when I felt lowest, I was embraced by Christ’s loving arms. When I was in pain or felt lonely, I found comfort in my faith, reading scripture and praying for others who are not as blessed as I am.. 

I trust that God does not give me more that I can handle. I know that His plan for me includes everlasting life with Him. Over the last three years, I have been hospitalized numerous times, had five more surgeries and continue to grow closer to God.  I even joke that I have found a new weight loss program. it’s called “losing weight, one organ at a time.” 

Yes, I can look back over the past five years and be thankful for for my illness and surgeries, and for the love and grace I have received. I know that God loves me. He has allowed me to grow through these trials and to be able to share with others the consolation and healing power that I received. I also know that I am “blessed and that His Spirit is with me and one day I shall see His glory” just as it is said in Peter’s letter. 

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


October is called the month of the Rosary. We even have a memorial for Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7, to commemorate the Christian victory over Muslim forces at Lepanto in the Mediterranean, a victory attributed to Pope Pius V and his call for all of Europe to invoke our Lady on behalf of Christian forces. The Rosary also figured strongly in the apparition of Fatima, which celebrated its 100 anniversary on Oct 13 just a few days ago.

But what exactly is the Rosary? Latin for “crown of roses”, it is one of the best-known and least understood of devotions. Used by the Catholic Church (although there are also devotees in the Eastern Orthodox Churches and even some Anglican and Lutheran ecclesial communities), there are many who view praying the Rosary as contrary to Jesus’ injunction against the “repetitive babbling like the pagans” of Matthew chapter 6 verse 7. Also, some see it as placing Mary above Jesus (the “Mary worship” of which Catholic are often accused).

I think that it might be helpful it we take a look at those mysteries. If you look at the mysteries (which was 15, now 20, and I’ll talk more about that shortly), we find that they describe events in the life of Jesus and Mary. The events in the life of Jesus: his birth, childhood, public ministry, suffering and death, Resurrection, Ascension and sending of the Holy Spirit. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But they also depict events in the life of Mary: the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel, the Visitation, her and Joseph first presenting the infant and then finding the 12-year old Jesus in the Temple, her Assumption and Crowning as the Queen of Heaven. Why would they be included? It is to highlight that, just as none of those events take place independent of the workings of God, no devotion to our Blessed Mother should exclude recognition of those same workings of God, particularly through her Son.

That helps to give perspective to the value that the Rosary has for us as Christians: in reflecting upon these events in the life of Mary and her Son we draw ourselves closer to God. But what about the repetition charge? Might our Protestant brothers and sisters have a point? For the answer to that, let’s take a BRIEF look at its history.

St. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers (commonly called the Dominicans) is the saint to whom Our Lady appeared and gave the devotion of the Holy Rosary in 1214 to assist him in combating the Albigensian heresy. It was the belief that there were two equally powerful forces represented by God and the Evil One: light and dark, the soul and the body, the next life and this life, peace and war. Its followers also believed that Jesus only seemed to have a human body. It was a movement that threatened to tear the Church apart in the 13th Century. As Dominic was working without success to convert souls back to the one true faith, Our Lady gave him a powerful weapon, the Angelic Salutation [the Angel Gabriel’s greeting to the Virgin Mary at the Incarnation], and the pattern in which it should be prayed.

If Dominic would preach her rosary and its meditations on the life of Christ, many souls would be converted from their error and saved through her intercession. The Blessed Virgin said to him: “Wonder not that you have obtained so little fruit by your labors, you have spent them on barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it the fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my Psalter composed of 150 Angelic Salutations and 15 Our Fathers, and you will obtain an abundant harvest.”

As Dominic preached using this devotion, it began to enter deeply into the life of the people. With three Rosaries of 50 prayers, patterned after the 150 Psalms 
prayed by the monks during the Divine Office, the Liturgy of the Hours, the largely illiterate common-folk were able to participate in their way to give glory to God. Slowly, through the preaching of the Dominicans and gathering appeal of the Rosary, more people began to come back to true practice of the faith. The Rosary was officially adopted as a devotion of the universal Church In 1569 by Pope Pius V (who was a Dominican and is the reason that popes wear white cassocks) and remained largely unchanged from the 16th through the 21st Centuries.

In praying the Rosary, it is meant to be repetitive, but NOT for its own sake. When we quietly and deliberately pray the well-known prayers of the Our Father and the Haily Marys, we are called to put aside our concerns. In prayer, we are challenged to calm the passions, to focus the will, and free the intellect to reflect on the Mystery and its place in the economy of salvation. We replace the anxieties that we experience with a reflection on the Mystery that we pray. Following the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we place ourselves in the scene, observe the actors, share in their experience and what they are trying to teach us. Obviously, and especially in today’s world, there are extraordinary challenges to this kind of exercise and the ability to remain focused. I find that when I’m distracted during prayer of the Rosary, it helps to take a moment and become more mindful of my surroundings and my day, including activities that, although accomplishing my agenda, may not be accomplishing what God wants me to do. Then, finding them, I ask for His help on how to overcome and properly order those things. If worse comes to worse and I find myself falling asleep while praying the Rosary, I’m reminded of the words of that great English philosopher, Sir Michael Phillip Jagger: “you can’t always get what you want but, if you try sometimes, you get what you need!” An inability to stay conscious and focused on the prayer may be an indication that I need to put aside 
the concerns for the day and take some rest instead – don’t worry, they’ll still be there tomorrow!

For centuries the Rosary was three sets of Mysteries: the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious. In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries (the Mysteries of Light). Although doing so put an end to the connection between the Rosary and the Church’s prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours, it added a new dimension to the devotion: a connection to the Sacraments of the Church. All seven Sacraments of the Church are included in the Luminous Mysteries, drawn from the life of Christ in his public ministry:

1st Mystery – Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan: Baptism, the means by which the Lord of life, although sinless himself, made available as the gateway to free us from sin and open to us the other ways to receive grace.

2nd Mystery – The Miracle at the Wedding in Cana: Marriage and its elevation to a sacrament by the miraculous 
action of our Lord.

3rd Mystery – Jesus Announces the Coming of the Kingdom: the sacraments of healing, Confession and Anointing of the Sick, in bringing God’s mercy together through the Good News in the coming of that Kingdom.

4th Mystery – the Transfiguration: Confirmation and Holy Orders. As Jesus invited his closest friends to witness his glory in preparation for his suffering, so he invites us through the sacraments that transfigure us, giving to us in the completion of our intiation into the Catholic faith the permanent seal of the Holy Spirit, imparts His gifts in Confirmation and the call to become as much like Christ as they can to those individuals called to the sacrament of Holy Orders.

5th Mystery – Jesus institutes the Eucharist: in the establishment of the Blessed Sacrament we are reminded how this was done for all of time. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He is the light of the Church and so the Blessed Sacrament is a mystery of light because it is a mystery of Christ.

As Cursillistas, the Rosary is an important part of our work in evangelization. To quote from the Manual of Cursillo in the section “Doctrinal Foundations of Cursillo”:

The Guide of the Director in the Manual of Leaders shows the director of the Cursillo reminding and offering to the candidates to pray the Rosary on the first night. It is recommended that it be repeated at the examination of conscience every night, as well as at morning prayers. In addition, regarding the place of the Virgin Mary within the Cursillo, we must point out that there is no Talk exclusively dedicated to her, although we must admit that all the Cursillo is impregnated with filial devotion to Mary, together with allusions to Mary in many instances and to practices of Marian piety. The fact that a talk is not exclusively dedicated to her is not an impediment to positioning her to a rightful place within theology and the History of Salvation, as well as in the heart of the “cursillista”.

During the Cursillo weekend, the Rosary is prayed, insisting on the role of Mary as Mother of the divine Grace. In the the Pilgrims’ Guide, the Holy Rosary and the Sabbatical Prayers are included, as well as the Angelus and the Memorare (the great prayer of Saint Bernard). In the Talk on Life in Grace Mary is presented as the mediatrix of all graces and her spiritual maternity will be emphasised. It is very significant that the first page of the Pilgrim’s Guide quotes Mary in its definition of what going on pilgrimage is about. It states: To be a pilgrim is to walk through Christ towards the Father, on the impulses of the Holy Spirit, with the help of Mary and all the saints, journeying with fellow pilgrims.

We must therefore conclude that Mary occupies a very important place for the participants in Cursillo and for all us in our Fourth Day. Our Movement, literally 
born and placed in her lap through her Son, continues to be supported and celebrated by devotions and profound love are lavished on Mary, of which the Rosary is first. Through the Rosary, we are called to be mindful, not only of her, but also to her Son, to which all devotions should ultimately lead.

In this way, we keep ourselves aware of the great love of Mother and Son for each other and for the world. We can reflect upon and echo in our lives the words of Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who said, "The Rosary is the book where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known."

St. Domenic patron of the Rosary and St. Paul, patron of Cursillo, pray for us. ¡De Colores!