“I have been a Catholic all my life and about 20 years ago had a crisis of faith. As a regular Mass attendee I pondered, “There must be more to my faith than just attending Mass.” Fortunately a dear man, the late Fred Debell came to my rescue. He suggested that I attend a Cursillo. I did not ask too much about the content of this 3 day residential course as I had such respect for Fred that I trusted his judgement.
“Together with 15 other Catholics I attended this course which was run by a team of lay people presided over by a Spiritual Director, the late Fr Tony Flynn. On the course I was inspired by the personal witness talks of the lay team, had a refresher in an in depth look at the Sacraments together with talks on Faith, Grace and obstacles to Grace by Fr Flynn, as well as attending Mass and sharing within our community morning and evening prayer.
After attending inspiring pilgrimages to Lourdes, Medjugorje and the Holy Land and being exhilarated by the experience there is no follow through, but with Cursillo the real strength of the experience comes for the rest of one’s life. Those attending are encouraged to join a small group which meets regularly and one looks at one’s faith journey with the result that one’s faith increases and one draws closer to God and the Mass becomes the summit of the week’s journey in Faith.
“As a result I feel closer to God, I find scripture and faith literature enthralling and I am confident about sharing my faith with people. In short I find my faith exciting and stimulating.
“Others such as Angela have had the same experience, ‘Cursillo seemed to imbue me with greater confidence, both spiritually and physically and gave me a greater sense of my own worth and greater awareness of my talents and ability to share them.’ Martin tells us, ‘Without Cursillo I could never have shown other people that Christianity is not something to be afraid of.’ And on our Cursillo in Hallam earlier this year Simon said, ‘I found Cursillo to be a challenging and rewarding experience. A moment and a beginning.’
“Cursillo is not a charismatic renewal group. It is a movement with papal authority and over 8 million people throughout the world have shared in that experience. If you would like to attend our next Cursillo from 28 to 31 May, 2015 at the Retreat Centre in Crich, Derbyshire, or wish to know more, please contact me, telephone: 01246 590058 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”