We started the evening off with song and we shared in small groups; in addition to Piety, Study and Action, everyone was asked to think about and discuss, “How do I want my life to be different in the next year? How do I want my Cursillo community to be different in the next year? We will continue to ask these questions in the months to come. To make our Cursillo all that it can be, we need your thoughts and ideas, we need to know how we can work together to make Trenton Cursillo all that it can be and should be. During the day of recollection at St. Denis, the topic of prayer and meditation was suggested and will be presented in September. Other talks include:
· Spiritual Direction and the Role of the Spiritual Advisor
· Studying the Environment around me
· Developing the Mind of Christ
Since our Cursillo weekend we have all been on a journey, a personal El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. If we were to actually walk the El Camino, we would be very care to take only what we need to get from one stop to the next. Backpacks are small and don’t hold much stuff; definitely not 30 days’ worth of supplies or clothing. So if you were planning to walk the El Camino, you wouldn’t bring things you might need but would only carry things that you would need. So to, our Fourth Day journey goes from one Mass to the next, one School of Leaders to the next, one Ultreya to the next, one group reunion to the next. And like all of the pilgrims who walk the El Camino, we rely on the Grace of God but also one another for strength and encouragement.
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After grouping, Deacon Tony presented the Doctrinal Talk from Matthews Gospel, when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” He started off by answering the question, “Who is Jesus?” That Jesus was the Son of God; He was a man without ceasing to be God; and that we are the cause and the reason for Jesus’ death and resurrection. Also, Tony pointed out that God revealed Himself throughout history in small doses—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob—but in Jesus, God is revealed completely.
Then Tony took us down memory lane by asking a question from the Baltimore Catechism, “Why did God make me (us)?” To which everyone replied, “To know Him, love Him and serve Him in this life and be happy with Him in the next.”
Tony gave us excellent examples of knowing someone. He pointed out that what he knew about Pat was very different than what he discovered as he came to know her personally. In another example he asked the question, “Do you know Frank Sinatra?” I believe everyone nodded that we did. Then Tony pointed out that we knew about Frank Sinatra, but his mother and father KNEW him. They went out on dates together, they shared a friendship, they KNEW Frank Sinatra. Relationship was the difference for Tony’s parents in knowing Frank Sinatra.
Tony tied relationship with the reason God made us together. Our knowledge of Jesus turns to love as our relationship with Him grows. Then as our love grows, our desire to serve Him grows. Tony shared that growing up he knew a lot about Jesus, but after making his Cursillo be began to really KNOW Jesus as Savior, friend, and Lord.
The Techniques talk was provided by Mary Ann Dowd. She answered the question, “Who am I?” She pointed out that of the two this was the more difficult question. Mary Ann pointed out that some of her initial responses were wife, mother, friend, and more, but as she thought more about the question, she looked at the question reflecting on the question from the Baltimore Catechism, “Who made me?” Why? Mary Ann noted that family taught her the way to live.
Mary Ann noted that on her Cursillo weekend, the Ideals talk had a huge impact on her life. Questions asked during the talk, “Where do you spend your money? Where do you spend your time?” She asked a direct question, “If Christians do not act, who will?”
She ended with two important descriptions herself in answer to the question, “Who am I?” She stated, “I am a rough draft” and “I am a child of the King.” Those are excellent descriptions of each of us walking the journey of life.
Sincere thanks to Deacon Tony and Mary Ann
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Friday began the Fortnight for Freedom.
The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.
Formation Day for all in Catechetical Ministry.
Fall Leadership Day on August 22, 2013 from 0900-1430, at Saint William the Abbot Parish, Howell, NJ