Once again, God has provided a small group of men a beautiful grace-filled weekend. And those of us who 'helped' provide were, as ever, blessed beyond belief. What a joy it was to see each of the eleven Cursillistas at the podium praising God yestreday at the closing! What a spiritual boost I receive every time I participate, whether as a table professor giving a talk, a muchacho serving coffee, or singing De Colores with brothers and sisters from all over at the sendoff.
Much prayer, preparation, and planning go into these weekends. So usually on the Monday following one, I am quite tired. And staying up to watch the Tigers lose last night in the bottom of the 9th only added to the emotional drain of the weekend 8~P
This particular weekend was put on by the fine folks of the Good News! Via de Cristo (gnvdc.org) and we spent the weekend at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, MI. This is the first time I've participated in a Good News! weekend; my own weekend was about 20 years ago through the Lutheran Via de Cristo of Central Michigan (lvccm.org) in Midland, MI.
A beautiful prayer, handed down to us over the centuries from early in Church history, is recited in unison before every talk and during every worship.
Please pray with me:
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Your faithful And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and we shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructs the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise,
and ever rejoice in His consolations.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.