Cursillo: A Journey With Christ
The Gospel of Saint Luke relates to the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Two friends were walking together, sharing their heart’s deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked; how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter His glory. This experience on the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took the bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes open and they recognized Him as the risen Christ and rushed back to Jerusalem to tell others. (Luke 24:13-35)
What is Cursillo?
The above story provides the image for Cursillo, a program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. The Cursillo experience is available in the Protestant community and is known as “Walk to Emmaus”, an ecumenical movement. The Cursillo de Christiandad (Spanish for “short course in Christianity”) is a three-day experience, which takes a New Testament look as Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, churches, and world in which they live. Cursillo is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the church.
We, as laity in the Church, should not take our role lightly or passively. The future of our society is in our hands. We, as individuals, can have a great impact on our society. More importantly, we can have an even greater impact when we find other individuals that are ready and able to accept the challenge.
In the past, the Cursillo Movement was primarily thought of as a source of individual spiritual growth. Today, we must realize that this individual spirituality is just not enough. Today, we must add to that spirituality. Our society needs us to be apostolic. Our Church needs us to be apostolic. Our world needs us to be apostolic. But most of all, our Lord wants us to be apostolic.
Let us strive to be Christ-like. He chose individuals to become “fishers of men.” Should we do any less?
Additional Websites for Cursillo Movement
Naples Area Cursillistas – Ultreya Group Representatives
239-253-6275 or 239-260-7573
Weekly Cursillo Women’s Group Meetings
Mondays at 6:45 PM
They are held at the Claussen Center in the Seminar Room, behind the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church located at:
625 111th Avenue North, Naples, Florida 34108
Weekly Cursillo Men’s Group Meetings
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
They are held at Gene Venditto’s home near the Pine Ridge Home Depot at:
1201 Tuppence Lane, Naples, Florida 34105
Monthly Ultreya Meetings
3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
They are held at the Ministry Center of Saint Williams Catholic Church located at:
750 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida 34102.