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


Lay Director,

May is such a month of promise. The Spring flowers, if not blooming much yet due to a cool (or cold) April, have emerged. “April showers bring May flowers” is indeed true once again.

How are we letting the beauty and promise of this time touch our hearts to better follow Our Lord in bringing His peace to the struggles that are part of the human existence?

I think that it is not random that May is the month of Mary. May 1st has long been considered the start of new growth. For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary. Who better than our Blessed Mother, in this time of beauty and promise, to demonstrate the joy found in God’s love than she who accepted that love in her heart so totally, and embraced the difficulties that were part of her human existence so that the promises of God would be fulfilled?

We feel God’s love, often and sometimes powerfully. We have encountered the Lord Jesus, who shows us how to be His disciples, to do what He did to bring hope to an imperfect world. We experience the nudging of the Holy Spirit to guide our actions, leading us to where we are needed to further the Kingdom of God.

How blessed we are to be children of God!

John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com

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Spiritual Advisor

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord,

My reflections come from my prayer regarding the Holy Thursday Service and ritual of Foot Washing. I was asked to celebrate a service on Holy Thursday at the long-term care center. I have a beautiful picture of Jesus washing the foot of Peter. As Jesus is leaning over the bowl one can see Jesus and Peter’s face in the bowl. Peter’s face is incredulous as to what Jesus is

doing. Distraught, even how to handle this situation. Jesus, the Master, is caring for his friends, teaching them.

As I was praying over the text it dawned on me that those participating were all women and seniors in the aging process. I noted to the participants that in their earlier years they were always the ones caring for the needs of the folks around them. Most of them were mothers and grandmothers and friends. They took up the task of serving their loved ones. Graciously, I reminded them that they were the ones who took up the task without thinking about themselves. The smiles on their faces told the stories of their memories. Here we are today hearing that story and feeling like Peter who wanted to change places with Jesus so we could minister to Jesus, their Master. They had always been the ones serving. Now, in the aging process these beautiful women need to let another minister to them. These women understood in a new way the meaning of this passage. Jesus’ example of caring service they had provided and now receive this care from their Master.

Somehow, as I reflected on this Scripture, and how poignant it was to this group, I reflected on how this can speak to each of us. As leaders in the Cursillo movement we have in the past and continue now to serve others in so many ways - through talks, rituals, Sacraments - we nourish, feed, teach candidates and one another in mind, body and spirit. We are reminded that we are called to serve but also to allow Jesus to minister to and through us. Let us thank Jesus and ask that we remain open to receive the grace to serve and to open us to receive His service and that of our brothers and sisters.

Sister Joy

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Lay Director

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Echoing our last letter, Happy Lent! Only a couple weeks more before Easter and Our Risen Lord. But I ask, how’s it going? Your Lent? Your willingness to give up something or do something out of your everyday life? I would love to tell you that mine has been perfect. I’m doing exactly what I had intended. And that would be a lie. But I have not given up. I keep fighting the battles as they come. Some daily, some weekly. But in the end, that is what matters most; not giving up, not giving in. Asking God for graces and wisdom to win my battles. Jesus said all we need to do is ask, so ask, beg, plead for the strength to go on.

That was one of the big differences between Peter and Judas, NO? Judas gave up succumbing to the inner self for the strength to go on. Peter relied on the strength that comes from God to forgive him and help him continue on in his battles. I heard of an interview with Thomas Edison. In it he was asked how many times he failed in making the light bulb.

His reply was that the number of failures doesn’t matter. What matters is that he persisted and eventually found the right materials to make a light bulb. And so, we are all blessed with light bulbs so we can see in the dark of night. And as the darkness of lent closes in, and we see Jesus going back to Jerusalem for the Last Supper, let’s not try and dwell on how the people turned on Jesus after welcoming him. Let us look to the light. Look and see Jesus arise. Calling us to go forward and be the beacon to others. We can’t be beacons if we try to hide our light under the proverbial basket. Let it shine for all to see. The glory of the Lord. We pray that your Lent has enabled you to draw closer to Christ, closer to the light. Then we can truly be beacons of light shining for all to see. Let us continue to make new friends. Be their good friends. And then bring them closer to Christ, our friend and brother.

May the peace of Christ always disturb your life! De Colores!

John Lyons lyons5876@gmail.com

Kathy Otermat kotermat04@gmail.com

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