Official Publication of the Diocese of Covington, KY
Jesus said, "not by bread alone shall man live, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God".
In this season of thanksgiving,
and in this land of very much abundance,
let us remember to listen to the Word of God (Jesus)
and to be his hands and feet to those in need....
We have just concluded two very important and successful weekends this Fall. Important because they were our 100th Men's and 100th Women's weekends, and successful because the Holy Spirit helped us deliver the Cursillo method of living to 42 men & women in a wonderfully spiritual way. Many thanks to Marc Johannemann and Nancy Johnson and their respective teams for jobs well done. Their personal reflection on their weekends is elsewhere in this newsletter.
Each Sunday the pastor at my parish, Fr. John Sterling, does 2 things that I would like to emulate here. First, at the beginning of his homily, he asks each of us to take a moment of quiet prayer and to just pray for each other in the pews. Too often, I believe, we neglect to remember to pray for those who are around us and close to us. So when you get a moment, take a quiet moment of prayer and pray for your fellow Cursillistas – maybe those who were on the same weekend you were on, whenever that was.
And in addition, remember those who might be in most need of assistance at this time – those who are suffering for any reason.
The second thing he does each week is he specifically calls out an example of stewardship that was visible and evident in our parish in the previous week. Maybe it was someone who did a specific or special deed in the parish, maybe someone who assisted in a unique way during a funeral, or just some observed random act of kindness to him or the parish in general.
It caused me to realize that there were many, many random acts of kindness, acts of service, prayers and devotions and other acts of love in these past 2 weekends. The teams can surely attest to that. And in the true Christian spirit, they mostly went unnoticed and unrewarded. The amount of effort to put on these weekends is amazing – not just by the Pre-Cursillo and Cursillo teams, but by many un-sung Cursillista heroes who dedicate so much time and energy on behalf of Cursillo.These people truly are the hands and feet of Jesus, and I am in awe of them and also am blessed by their efforts.
As we enter this upcoming holy season of Advent and Christmas, let us take time to be thankful of not only what we have, but who we have - family, friends and each other. Give the gift of love.
Lay Director Diocese of Covington