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A Message from the Lay and Spiritual Advisors of the Toledo Cursillo Movement.

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(Each month one of our Lay Director’s will write an article)


Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in us the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant, that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

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A lot of power in that prayer my friends! God has given us the Holy Spirit to inspire us in love! WOW! Just think about it. And Pentecost isn’t just one day. No, it is a season! To go out following in the footsteps of the apostles. They feared for their lives after Jesus was killed. I would feel the same; wouldn’t you? They knew who Jesus was, The Son of God. And He was killed! But the Holy Spirit came and empowered the 12 as they huddled in the upper room with Mary.


Have you ever put yourself in the room with them? I have. Afraid to step out to what God is calling me to do. Afraid of failure, being laughed at, of what others were thinking. But God knows all of that. That is precisely why He sent us the Holy Spirit. To enable us to trust Him more than we trust ourselves. To be Christ’s hands, feet, ears, eyes, voice, arms. To be His body in this world.


As Jesus said to those gathered in the upper room, PEACE! He told them not to be afraid…of anything. He has given us the courage to step out in His name. To bring sight to the blind, healing to the lame and the sick, peace to those who are afraid. Yes, we are called to be lights to the world! To bloom where we are planted. Don’t worry about what others think or say. As Jesus told His apostles when they asked if Judas would stay, “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.”


So, in this season of growth, let us all reach out to those in need, following Christ’s teachings. Let us bloom right where God has planted us. Take up our crosses and follow Him!


May the peace of Christ always disturb your life!


John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com


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Greetings to all my beloved sisters and brothers in Christ,


DeColores to all! Alleluia! Praise the Lord! It is finally ‘over’: the social distancing, the masks, and all the other restrictions we’ve been living under for these past 11 months. The virus is still around, and it might come back to bite us again, but at least we have a reprieve for now, and just in time for our summer activities.


So much has been shelved by the great “unknown” that we have to get it all back out a figure out how to get going again. Team meetings for the Fall are getting underway in earnest and our friend Zoom will now be a sometime addition to actual in person meetings. Thank you, Sr Edna, for faithfully providing access to the Zoom platform for all of our Secretariat and School of Leaders meetings. Your expertise is an answer to prayers.


What have you learned from the Coronavirus experience? From quarantine, to distancing and no personal touch or hugs in our greetings? To ‘not knowing’ what was really going on from conflicting news stories and opposing "experts’ " opinions?


I’ve been thinking about our Cursillo methodology, prayer, study and action and how that is an ingrained part of our lives now -hopefully it is in our daily living practice. That we can rely on that simple triangle of living, learning, and growing and sharing our faith as a proven pathway back to some normalcy.


How many people outside your core circle of influence, family, group reunion, close friends know that you are a Catholic and a Cursillista? Do they know it by how you live your faith, by your words and actions? Do you use the name “Jesus” in your conversations?


While the circle of concern can be very broad, there is not a whole lot that we can influence on a grand scale, but our circle of influence can make a big difference. And it is this circle must always be expanding. After all Jesus started with twelve and we have just heard how this small band has exponentially grown to even include you and me.


I imagine lots of folks have found live streaming Masses so very convenient over these past several months. Let’s reach out to them and not only invite them back to church but into our group reunion. Share a meal and friendship. Remember this core principle: “Make a friend, Be a friend, Bring that friend to know Jesus.” As you develop a relationship with your friend you can share ideas from the weekend rollos, after all, it is simply the Kerygma of our faith.


Remember, we are the Church, and the Holy Spirit is abiding in us and directing us if we allow him to. Mary and Joseph give us great examples of how we follow the Holy Sprit’s lead.


Now that the restrictions are over, and we can get back to personal meetings especially the TEAM meetings for the Fall Weekends. We need candidates people. NOW! Please don’t wait.


Happy Summer to all.

Let’s keep each other in prayer.


Fr Jim


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I love the month of May. More flowers are being planted and blooming. My garden is starting to peek out with early vegetables, and the rest of the garden can be planted with seeds and plants that need more warmth. The temperatures don't surprise us with random freezing, and snow (please God!) is behind us until late in the year. Marty Haugen's lyrics from Psalm 19 comes to mind, "The heavens are telling the glory of God. And all creation is shouting for joy!"


May is a month dedicated to Mary, our mother. Mary understood that her role was to follow whatever God asked of her, knowing that God's ways are not always our ways. When she was told of the conception of Jesus by the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38: "And Mary said to the angel, 'How shall this be, since I have no husband?’” She didn't say to the angel that this event foretold to her couldn't happen, but instead, how could this happen? And Gabriel explained what would happen, and Mary accepted what was asked of her. Additionally, she hears of her cousin Elizabeth's pregnancy, thought also to be impossible for other reasons. Mary's visit to her cousin early in her own pregnancy brings Mary further affirmation of all that is happening to her through Elizabeth's words in Luke 1:42b-45, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Further affirmations come from Simeon and Anna.


Mary is the only person called to be the mother of our Savior. That was her unique calling. God is calling each of us to fulfill the unique plans that He has for us. We are blessed in this Cursillo movement for the accompaniment that we give to each other through our group reunions. The feedback and encouragement from our group reunion friends help us to be better equipped to hear and follow God's will.

Perhaps, due to the pandemic and the cold weather, it may not have been possible to meet in person or even at all. Now, with the warmer weather upon us, maybe we could soon be finding a place outdoors to meet and share and support and affirm each other safely. May, 2021.

Also, May is a great time to call upon our mother Mary using the prayer she gave us, the Rosary. This movement, our nation, and our world could all benefit from imitating her wholehearted desire to follow God's will. What understanding and peace that could bring!

Ultreya!


Your sister and brother in Christ,


Kathy Otermat, John Lyons


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