A visitor curious about Cursillo attended one of our Regional Meetings. At the end of the evening she asked, “Can I be put on the waiting list?” Her excitement simply fueled our excitement following the six meetings held during May throughout the diocese. “Excitement” may be the best word to use in describing what was experienced during these meetings. Yes, in some ways this excitement is guarded as people are skeptical, remembering how Cursillo has struggled over the past five years. But what was heard from the beginning was that we cannot continue to “look backwards.” We can only “move forward.” Part of the excitement of the Cursillistas is our connection with the New Evangelization of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, of our role in helping parishes prepare leaders. Excitement also came from seeing a number of people at these meetings wanting to know more about our movement. Their interest was wonderful. The hope of reestablishing the Washington County Ultreya, and the West Hills Ultreya took steps forward through Deacon Joe Cerenzia in Canonsburg and Al & Lynn Dworkowski in the west. Also encouraging was the support received when speaking about future involvement of Young Adults in Cursillo. As we moved through these meetings — in Plum, Moon, Cranberry, Canonsburg, Mt. Lebanon, and the North Side — we realized that additional meetings will be needed in time in New Castle and in the North Hills to begin with. When those in attendance learned of how we can help Catholics return to the practice of the Catholic faith and to the Church, the anticipation grew. When they learned that we will not cancel a weekend, they were thrilled. When they learned that applications are coming in from every direction, and calls concerning applicants were being received, there was almost an “Amen” shouted. We learned that people are looking for Cursillo, for its method, for its support system, for its teaching of the love of God in the gift of Jesus Christ. There was no outcry when they learned that the “extras” (that often took away from the weekends) were removed. This is the Cursillo Movement that Pope Paul VI blessed, and called “Ambassadors to the World.”
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, in order to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And approaching, the tempter said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” And in response he said, “It has been written: ‘Not by bread alone shall man live, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took him up, into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him: “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it has been written: ‘For he has given charge of you to his angels, and they shall take you into their hands, lest perhaps you may hurt your foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus said to him, “Again, it has been written: ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ “ Again, the devil took him up, onto a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and said to him, “All these things I will give to you, if you will fall down and adore me.”
Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan. For it has been written: ‘You shall adore the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ”
Then the devil left him. And behold, Angels approached and ministered to him.
[Matthew 4: 1 – 11 CPDV]