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Friends, it is so good to have you as companions on this journey. As Tim & Joyce Haney have shared with us in the past, ‘What a shame it would be if someone came looking for Christ and only found us! But what a blessing if they came looking for us and found Christ!!’ In this Cursillo movement, we are all striving for the latter.


From Kathy Otermat:

John Lyons and I are the new lay directors. We will be leading together. I lived my Cursillo weekend in May,1985. (I was INCREDIBLY young.) This movement has been an important part of my life pretty much ever since. I have had different positions in the movement and had an opportunity to be the lay director with my husband Scott (who’s now in heaven) some years ago. I knew the lay director position was currently open, and a couple of dear Cursillo friends had mentioned the position to me, but I did not feel that this was the right time. HOWEVER, God had a different idea. (Yay, God!)

If you are like me, this pandemic has provided me with time to pray. Thankfully, there are people online leading prayer, which helps a lot. My local church has daily Mass. There is a transitional deacon awaiting ordination who was invited by my pastor to stay with him after St. Meinrad’s closed. He already gives wonderful homilies. There was one on Easter Friday where the deacon said that we know what God is asking us to do. There are parts of our lives that we are hesitant to give to Him. He is asking us to go out and be on a mission for Him, and we're afraid. We need to figure out what this is going to look like. He encouraged us to listen to Christ's voice giving us a clear sign to move ahead. Listening to his homily, I realized that Christ’s voice was revealed through the deacon’s words. The next day, I contacted Sister Edna to say that I would like to become the next lay director. And then…



From John Lyons:

Jesus said that if we want to be the greatest, we have to serve. If we want to be first, we need to be last. And since living my Cursillo #199 back in 2001, I have grown to understand this message more and more. That is one reason that I said yes to God for this position; to serve Him and those He has put in my life. And I am not perfect. I do make my mistakes. I am trying my best to follow His lead.

So, how did this calling to lay director come about? I had felt a few months ago that God was calling me to this position. But like many others, I brushed it aside. I said, “God, if you really want me to do this then make it really known to me.” I did not feel any concrete answer. On went life. Then a few weeks ago I felt the calling again. STRONGER. OK, I hear you. Can you please send me a confirmation? Three days in a row I heard songs on the radio speak to me about doing His will. I made the first call to a very trusted friend who said to call Fr. Jim. I did. He did not answer. I left a message. Two days later after no return call, I got the nudge to call Fr. Jim. I followed through and this time he answered. Come to find out he had phone problems when I first called him. Hence no return call. After a brief talk, he said this is wonderful, but someone else had already stepped forward to fill that vacancy. Would I be interested in assistant lay director? Oh, who is the lay director? He filled me in that Kathy Otermat had said yes about a week or so ago. Yes, I can work with her!

After that I called Kathy and we talked about being co-rectors. Perfect. And here we are. Ready and willing to take on this leadership role together to continue the ongoing growth of the Toledo Diocese

From a treatise On Holy Spirit by St Basil the Great [as we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost!] The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them and make him/her realize that they speak of nothing less than the supreme Being. Is he not called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, the steadfast Spirit, the guiding Spirit? But his principal and most personal title is the Holy Spirit. To the Spirit all creatures turn in their need for sanctification; all living things seek him according to their ability. His breath empowers each to achieve its own natural end. The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature, the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his/her faith. Simple in himself the Spirit is manifold in his mighty works. The whole of his being is present to each individual; the whole of his being is present everywhere. Though shared in by many, he remains unchanged; his self-giving is no loss to himself. Like the sunshine, which permeates all the atmosphere, spreading over land and sea, and yet is enjoyed by each person as though it were for him/her alone, so the Spirit pours forth his grace in full measure, sufficient for all, and yet is present as though exclusively to everyone who can receive him. To all creatures that share in him he gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give. The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. He enlightens those who have been cleansed from every stain of sin and makes them spiritual by communion with himself. As clear, transparent substances become very bright when sunlight falls on them and shine with a new radiance, so also souls in whom the Spirit dwells, and who are enlightened by the Spirit, become spiritual themselves and a source of grace for others. From the Spirit comes foreknowledge of the future, understanding of the mysteries of faith, insight into the hidden meaning of scripture, and other special gifts. Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we are admitted to the company of the angels, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations -- we become God. [Boy does this speak to me!!]

Precious Sisters and Brothers,


Happy the month of June which carries with it the sense of beginnings as summer approaches and seeds are falling on fertile ground and now with extra delays because of the coronavirus a sense of getting started again. Very much in my mind is the celebration of family that happens with Mothers' Day in May and soon Fathers' Day this month because I have always felt that Cursillo is family too. We like to celebrate each other and share beautiful stories and memories; and in the Family of God that's known as evangelization which is what we're all about. We love to keep our family growing and eventually have everyone invited to join and tremendously happy to do so. One of the special signs of all this is the efforts we're making as Family of God (Church) and Cursillo to stay in touch while keeping safe and healthy. Zooming is a good example and I suspect there will be other connections that we'll come up with that may become significant elements in our continuing efforts at evangelization to the whole world. One of my little treasures is that I see the Holy Spirit very much at work in this covid-19 experience. We support and encourage one another to be open, safely together, enjoying one another's presence, companionship, gifts and talents. I'm enjoying the thought that because we are so open to inviting our friends to make weekends with us, this virus thing is going to make us even better at that, and it will turn out to be an actual blessing!!! Celebrating Tim Haney gives me the thought that his companionship and leadership have just transitioned from earth to heaven as a powerful move. John Lyons and Kathy Otermat will be blessed as they grow us with some extra help from heaven, and they'll enjoy it -- right along with us all, eh? I treasure the thought of co-operation! Let's make the most of who we are -- that people can't wait to join us!


De Colores,

Fr. Skip


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