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Welcome to our Lay and Spiritual Directors website blog for the Diocese of Toledo Cursillo Movement!

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


Lay Director

(Each month, one of our Lay Directors will write an article.)

You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout. I'm telling you why! Why? Baby Jesus is coming to town.

An old song but with some new words; a new twist. And so… is this a new season, or the same old one, just going through the motions? Or with a new twist, a new outlook?

A lot of us, probably all of us, have had a lot thrown on our plate this year. Experiences that we never saw coming!! Good or not so good. Some of it we wish we never had to go through. And some were good surprises. But you know, God does not give us more than we can handle, even though we think it is too much. God never said life would be easy. Just that He would always, yes ALWAYS be right beside us. Hard to see and feel when we are in the middle of it!!

And now we are starting the season of Advent. The time to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the coming of our Lord Jesus. We light candles to remind us of the 4 virtues: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

I’m trying something different this year to help me prepare for Jesus’ coming. I’m reading more, turning off the TV more. Trying to look inside and listen to what God has to offer to me. Some quiet time just to be. When I was younger, I didn’t have time to sit still. I had things I HAD to do. But now I find it is more important to not do a lot of things. And in this world that is hard to do. Not long ago I heard “You have 2 ears and 1 mouth.” God gave us those so we can listen twice as much as we talk. And isn’t it a fact that many people today need someone who will just sit and listen to them? I’m thinking of those who are staying in and away from other people. Not easy to do some days.

Advent, a period of preparation. Time to get ourselves ready. Because..

Jesus Christ is coming to town! He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for your own sake!!

Let us prepare ourselves as best we can in these short 4 weeks knowing that if we do take the time to invest in our future, God will gladly fill us with His Love, His Joy, His Peace and most certainly His Hope.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to help you not hurt you. To Give you Hope and a future!” Jeremiah 29:11

As we prepare let us…. prepare ye the way of the Lord. Prepare ye the way of the Lord!!

May God fill you with every grace and blessing this season!

May the peace of Christ always disturb your life!

John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com

Spiritual Advisor

(Each month, a Spiritual Advisor will write an article)

"A Time Will Come For Singing" - Dan Schutte

A time will come for singing

When all your tears are shed

When sorrows chains are broken

And broken hearts will mend

The deaf will hear your singing

When silent tongues are freed

The lame will join your dancing

When blind eyes learn to see

A time will come for singing

When trees will raise their boughs

When men lay down their armor

And hammer their swords into plows

When beggars live as princes

And orphans find their homes

When prison cells are emptied

And hatred has grown old

A time will come for singing

A hymn by hearts foretold

That kings have sought for ages

And treasured more than gold

Its lyrics turn to silver

When sung in harmony

The Lord of Love

Will teach us to sing its melody

Listen to it here:


To My Sisters and Brothers who wait in joyful hope:

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. For me, the time of year, the lengthening of darkness, the coming winter, the year drawing to a close all combine to make me more reflective. 2021 has o been only slightly brighter than 2020, with COVID still with us, loss and death still haunting us, hatred and violence still rampant, injustice, prejudice and persecution still driving too many human behaviors.

Advent appears as four weeks of gentle beckoning toward the Light which (Who) never tires of offering us hope. Advent resounds with the Incarnation and reflects the Incarnation even before the official arrival of Christmas; not because of shoppers, parades and festivities filling up our December calendar, but because when we call out, “Come, Lord Jesus” he comes NOW to renew us, comfort us, heal us and guide us toward the Light and Love we long for.

Dan Schutte’s hymn articulates my own longing for a better time, when the prophecies of Isaiah come true again, hopefully in our lifetime. Advent invites us to dream of such a time, because if we can’t imagine it, we can’t really hope for it or work toward it. I like to think of Advent as the season of communal longing for a better world.

So light a candle; sit in quiet prayer; open to the saving influx of grace and peace until your heart begins to sing. Then ask the Messiah to lead you to whomever, wherever your particular talents and personality will make a difference in the life of someone struggling in the darkness. Each of us without exception is needed in this vast ocean of humanity. The song we sing is the Gospel: the Good News of Jesus, the promise and fulfillment of Light and Love, peace, goodness, joy and unending hope. Keep singing and sharing (as we did at our November Focus Day); and that will lead to a Christmas beyond our expectations!

Feliz Navidad!

Sr. Edna Michel

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Lay Director, (Each month, one of our Lay Directors will write an article.)

I love this time of year. The air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, the crops are being harvested. There is a sense of completion. The hard work has been done. It is appropriate that this is the time of year when we look at our lives and offer thanks to God for the many gifts we have received.

I think that my favorite gift from the Cursillo movement is awareness of God’s presence in my everyday moments. Not that I don’t appreciate grouping with friends, discovering more about God and my Catholic faith, and learning to become more involved in God’s plan for the world. What helps me to put my Catholic faith first and foremost in my life is the realization that God is with me every step of the way. Deut 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It’s amazing when God works mighty deeds for us and for our loved ones. It’s even more amazing to me when God works in small ways in my life. We know that there are no “coincidences”, but there are “God-instances”. Like the woman (not in the choir) from my parish who saw a copy of the list of hymns I had left at my church for a funeral at our sister parish that I was playing the organ for. She had felt that God was nudging her to come and sing but hadn’t made the decision yet. Seeing the list of hymns encouraged her to come. I needed her to be there for a variety of reasons but didn’t ask because it wasn’t at her parish. God knew I needed her participation, and He took care of it. We all have these “God-instances”, and we are aware of many of them, and thank God for them. And there are so many more that we don’t notice!

I am reminded often that this is not heaven. I am overwhelmed sometimes by difficult circumstances. I take such comfort and gain so much peace from the realization that God is always at my side, providing direction, support, insights, and love directly and also through His many disciples who are listening to His call. 1 John 4:16 “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

I am so thankful!

De Colores! Love you! KO

May the peace of Christ always disturb your life!

John Lyons

Kathy Otermat

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