The Chapel and the Chapel community have been an important part of my spiritual life for decades. Due to that involvement and through the encouragement of Chapel members, I was introduced to Cursillo which has been life changing.
In the late 90’s, I found myself on the list of participants to attend Cursillo. I still am not sure how I was put on that list! Believe me; I had plenty of reasons not to go. It was summer. I had three young children who were involved in multiple activities. I didn’t want to go. But things just started falling into place. Apparently, God had a plan for me to be there that weekend; he just forgot to tell me! I was definitely a reluctant pilgrim. Driving to Gray Center, I was still thinking up reasons to turn around but once I saw the joyous welcome committee and saw the beauty of the rustic setting, I started to relax…a little.
A Cursillo weekend is so hard to describe and a blog just won’t cover it all. It was a weekend full of laughter, tears, self-discovery and so much more. For one long weekend, I felt more love in a place than I have ever felt. It was a weekend where all my needs were taken care of so that I could concentrate on my relationship with God and learn how to continue that relationship once I came back to the real world. I came home renewed, refreshed and with a hunger for more.
It took a while to process all that happened that weekend. Some of it I am still trying to process! Since that time, I have served as staff on numerous Cursillo weekends. As wonderful as my weekend was, serving on staff has been so much more. It is the hardest and most rewarding work I have ever done. I now have friends statewide who are there when extra prayers are needed or who are happy to open their homes and their hearts when needed. I am so thankful for Cursillo and also thankful to those who pushed me to go!
For information on the next Cursillo Weekend explore the MS Cursillo website.