We welcomed almost 50 new 4th Dayers into our Cursillo community from weekends #365 and #366. Many of these new Cursillistas are looking for a Cursillo group to join as they take the next step in their continuous progressive conversion.
“The Reunion of the Group (aka Group) is as old as the Church. Its heart is in the central Christian truth, the dogma of the Communion of the Saints. In it, the Cursillo becomes perennial and Christianity becomes constant.” So opens the small orange booklet “The Reunion of the Group”. It continues: grouping is “not made so that there might be people to assist a Cursillo, but Cursillos are made so that there will be people who can make group reunions.”
Group is where we share how we are living out our piety, study and action. Are your Groupies true friends? Does your group share the inevitable failures in these endeavors as well as the successes? The true challenge is to be honest at group.
Do you get together with them socially? If so, this is a sign that your friendship among these Christians is deeper than just your weekly group reunion. The confidence gained from this deepening relationship should allow each member to be a more effective Christian witness to the world.
Should you risk this closeness by inviting others to join your group? It’s not uncommon to want to stay in the comfort of our present group. After all, the trust and closeness that we have with our group members have evolved over time, but continuous, progressive conversion requires that we change. Could it be that we are being called to welcome someone new into our group? If not our group, where would someone looking for a group go? Adding a new member to your group can bring new life, a new friend.
Does your group have a project that you work on together such as packing meals for the hungry, sorting clothing at a homeless shelter, doing car or house repairs for someone in need? Projects such as these are ways of extending the Kingdom of God beyond your family, your group and into the community. You will be the hands and feet of Christ to those who benefit from your actions. This too, can be a way of adding new life to your group.
Perhaps you are no longer in a group and have thought about joining a group again. Why not take that step? Seek out a group, try it and if it isn’t a good fit, try another until you find one that is good for you.
There is a listing of groups that are open to new members on the Cursillo website under the Action menu. If you need a group or if your group is open to a new friend joining your group, please post as much information as you feel comfortable.
tc-cursillo.org -> Action -> Small-Group-Information
Tom & Diane Repucci