How often do we say, “yes” when we feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit?
I’m convinced that when that happens, only good things come of this.
When I received the call last September to serve as rectora for weekend 366, I had no plans to serve on any team in 2018. I had already made “my” plan to take the year off as I’d just finished serving a series of 3 weekends. But the Holy Spirit had other plans for me! I quickly could see that my plans were not His plans and though I needed to pray and discern the invitation I had just been invited to, it felt right for me to answer that call with a “yes”. Sometimes we may feel uncomfortable with invitations such as these, but as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, “We aren’t made for comfort, we are made for greatness.”
As I began to think about my team formation, I prayed that I would have enough people come forward so I wouldn’t have to wait too long before I could start the placement process. Well that prayer was quickly answered! God didn’t want me to be discouraged by my “yes”; he brought forth an abundant group of laborers for the harvest.
As the weekend began, there were many candidates that came with reservation and anxiety, like many of us have. Like anything in life, when we feel that we are personally accountable for the success of something we plan – you pray and rely on His love and mercy to make it happen and it happened! Watching the transformation from Thursday to Sunday was such a joyful gift. There were many obstacles along the way, we’ve all seen it happen on weekends before and once again, the power of prayer through your palanca and the Palanca Team, provided the energy from the Holy Spirit to keep our candidates strong as the weekend unfolded and came to a close. The gift of so many close and holy moments, memories and friendships; these pinnacle moments would have been left unopened in my heart, had I not said “yes”. Afterwards, many of the team commented how much they enjoyed where they were called to serve on weekend 366. God is so good!!
So what’s next for me? I have been hearing about many open positions in secretariat and ultreya rep seats needing to be filled. Since I had already served as an ultreya rep, I was discerning if I was being called to something else. Well, another nudge has come about and I feel I have been called to serve on Post-Cursillo. I’m not certain how comfortable I am with this new role, but I’m reminded Cursillo doesn’t just happen, it takes many laborers for the harvest to be abundant and if not me, then who? In Acts 6:1-7, we read about when more priests were needed and the first deacons were ordained. As lay people of the church, we also need to answer the call at some point; to pay it forward if you will and to keep the gift of Cursillo alive and continuing to unfold for future candidates and future generations. We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with our God.
HE has blessed us all with many gifts and talents, don’t be afraid to say “yes” when you hear or feel that nudge to serve our community, for only good things will come of this.
Mary Beth Kroyer