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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.)

We are one body, one body in Christ, and we do not stand alone! (I hear you singing along) .One more time…. We are one Body, one body in Christ, and we do not stand alone!

Yes, we are all one body with many moving parts. It reminds me of the reading from 1Corinthians 12:14-18. Paraphrased. The foot can’t be the eye, can’t be the ear, can’t be the mouth. Verse 18 “But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as He intended. And so, we all can’t be the ear, the eye, the mouth, the foot…etc. But as God intended, we need to be the best version of the part of the body that God created us to be. Serving those that He puts in our daily path with the utmost care and concern. If we do this, “What a wonderful world it would be”!

Speaking of the body, Jesus laid down His life for us; gave us His body and blood “that we might have life and have it abundantly”!

I sat in the chapel today, in front of the tabernacle, praying what He might have me write about. The image behind the tabernacle is the last supper. As I took in the images of the 12 around Jesus, I was drawn to Jesus’ outstretched arms, pointing downward, with hands held open, palms up. Just below His hands, on one side was the bread, on the other side, a chalice cup (HIs blood). Take a moment and meditate with me. I am called to be His body to a broken world. To share His blood, His love, with a lot of non-Christian people who hate what Jesus stands for. He came to bring peace and love to the world over 2,000 years ago. And they couldn’t handle it! They killed him because of what He stood for. Are they really going to love me? I doubt it. But that's ok. Jesus says in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus assures us that it will not be smooth sailing! (The disciples in a boat being tossed). So, what do we do? Kneel down and pray! I was going to say stand up.

But in a sense, yes, stand up by kneeling, and pray that God will grant us strength to continue the work that He started. Grant us the wisdom to make the right decisions to move forward as He guides us. Let us be servants to all those we meet. And do so as He taught us .... Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. THY kingdom come. THY will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For THINE is the kingdom, and the POWER, and the GLORY. Now and forever. AMEN!! ALLELUIA!!

Peace, prayers, and blessings to all of you!

De Colores!

John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com

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

Since presenting the homilies for Good Friday and the Fourth Sunday of Easter, I’ve been contemplating on Pilate’s question, “What is truth” and what it takes to listen to and hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Some 2,000 years later, it seems our society asks the same question, for similar reasons and in the same manner as Pilate, “What is truth”. Our culture, political leaders and parties, civic leaders, world leaders, the media and others, including some Catholic leaders, seem to manipulate the truth to fit their respective agendas. Our culture promotes a sense of relativism where each person has their own truth to fit their own needs. Many will deny and manipulate what is happening right before our eyes and spin it to fit the narrative of their agenda. We as individuals are not immune from this either. We have more and more of a tendency to fall in line with the truths that support our beliefs and our actions and attack or condemn those that don’t believe, or act like us. Just like during the time of Pilate, the Pharisees and Jesus Christ, the manipulation of the truth causes injustice, division, sews confusion and creates the desire to dominate and even destroy. What is truth?

For many, this question of “What is truth”, this relativism, makes it difficult to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and be drawn to him and to build relationship with him. The voice of the Good Shepherd is drowned out or muffled by all the distractions and calls for our attention found in our culture.

What can help us hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling us and know the answer to the question, “What is truth?” Obviously, what we learn in Cursillo – Piety, Study and Action – are very helpful tools. Sometimes, we need to hear this from a bit of a different perspective.

Recently, I attended a One Bread One Cup youth liturgical leadership conference for high school youth and youth ministers held at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology at St. Meinrad, Indiana. It is kind of like a Cursillo for high school youth. Word, Sacrament and Mission is the theme of One Bread, One Cup. Focusing on the Word, Sacrament and Mission helps draw our attention to the truth and helps us hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.

The Word is the beginning with life in Christ, the Word made flesh. Being Christ-like or flesh made Word to others should be our goal in life. We do this by surrounding and immersing ourselves in the Good News of the Word through scripture, Mass, and liturgies, reading good Catholic literature, listening to good liturgical music, Lectio Divina, personal prayer and prayerful silence.

Sacraments help us experience the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ. We need to remember that through our Baptism God adopts us in Christ. In Baptism we die with Christ so that we may rise with him. The oil of Confirmation seals us in Christ and with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and completes our Baptism. Through the sacrament of Reconciliation, we are cleansed and made new by the power of God and his mercy and forgiveness. At each Mass, we experience Christ’s sacrificial meal through the Eucharist - His true presence. His body, blood, soul, and divinity - which nourishes us to strive to be Christ to others. Through the Word, sacraments, and Mass we place ourselves in the presence of Christ our Savior, get to know him and develop relationship with him. As with our personal relationships with others, our personal relationship with Christ, the Good Shepherd and the Word made flesh, allows us to more clearly hear his voice and listen to him. Listen to him as he calls us to himself and draws us to a life in Christ that allows us to know the truth. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Through Baptism, we are anointed with Christ and given a mission to carry the good news to all. We are all called to the mission of being priest, prophet, and king. As priest, we are called to pray for others. As prophet we are called to share God’s Word with others in word and witness. As king, we are called to bring order to the Body of Christ, to help orient ourselves and others to lead a Christ-centered life rather than a life centered on the secular world. We are called to make disciples by living out our Baptism so that others can be baptized and live out their Baptism by leading a Christ-centered life. We are called to be flesh made Word to others.

By focusing on Word, Sacrament and Mission, we can better know the truth that lies in knowing Jesus Christ and developing relationship with Him. By developing relationship with Him, we can better hear his voice, the voice of the Good Shepherd, calling us to Him. Being able to better and more clearly hear his voice, we can better understand and love the Word made flesh so we can do a better job of being flesh made Word to all we meet.

Lay Director

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

Happy Independence Day! Happy Dependence on God Every Day!

We are so blessed to live in a country where freedom is celebrated. Our annual celebration of the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a BIG deal all over the country.

From small towns to huge cities, there are gatherings of family and friends, parades, fireworks, … all kinds of ways that show our thankfulness for the independence of our country.

We, as followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, celebrate Happy Dependence on God every day! Scripture tells us from Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’’’. Do you struggle with fear sometimes? I know that I do. Fear of new situations, fear of others’ expectations, fear of doing too much or not enough. But we who are dependent on God are told that God will help us. God takes hold of my right hand and tells me not to fear, that He will help me. What is there to fear?

For me, one of my big struggles is to trust in God. It’s not that I think that I know better than God what is best for me, but that I’m not God, and His ways are not necessarily my ways. His ways are high above my ways, and sometimes hard for me to understand. From Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your ways straight.” This has certainly been the case for my visit to my son Thom and his family in Japan (stationed there with the Navy), where I will go on July 1st .

I had hoped to visit Japan this summer. I haven’t seen this family since October of 2019. Thom had asked me to come during July (while he would be away at training) to provide support to his wife and their 3 young daughters at home. (The oldest (17) is in California visiting family and friends for the summer.) It seemed important to him for me to get a ticket. Inwardly, I thought that I wouldn’t get to use it; it would be held for a later date when Japan was fully opened. Japan has been closed to tourists since the pandemic began. The country is just now starting, very slowly, to lift restrictions for tourists, but only for small tour groups. I don’t want to tour the country; I want to see my granddaughters!!

I finally said to God, “This trip is yours. I can do nothing to make it happen. I will stop saying that I’m not going to go; I’m going to be open to whatever plan you have.” Before too long, Thom found out on June 7th about a NEW way for me to come visit that had just became available June 1st. Because I have a family member stationed in the U.S. military in Japan, I would be allowed to visit with certain restrictions and several hoops to go through. By the grace of God, the final hoop has been addressed, and I will be going!!!!!!! God has His ways. They are not necessarily our ways, but they are the best ways. Do not fear! God has your hand!

Trust in the Lord! FULLY RELY ON GOD!! Peace, prayers, and blessings to all of you!

De Colores!

John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com