In January, 2015, Dick Hemler did a wonderful talk on the “Foundational Charism of the Cursillo Movement.”
The Foundational Charism of the Movement are the special graces given to the founders of the Movement.
In the talk, Dick spoke about the first Cursillo weekend that took place on August 19 to 23, 1944 in Cala Figuera, Spain. Eduardo Bonnin was the rector. It contained all the structures of future Cursillos.
I would humbly suggest that if you haven’t read it, you take the time to do so. You can read it here.
Today, I’d like to look more at that first rector, Eduardo Bonnin, and focus on how his life experience, influenced by the Holy Spirit, helped to shape Cursillo and its charism. In this talk, I will use Eduardo’s own words, and those words came from an undated interview with Eduardo conducted by Cardinal Josef Cordes, who was President of Pontifical Council for Human Development from 1995 to 2010.
Eduardo was asked what type of formation he received as a young person. He responded:
“Very sincerely I believe that the Lord, using many circumstances has manifested his will, little by little, throughout my life.”