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School of Leaders (SOL)
Friendship
E. Paul Semmens
June 2012

Cursillistas! Walk the Paths of the world taking with you th...
Agenda
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Bible Enthronement & Reflection
Leader’s Prayer
Reflection & Floating Group Reunion
Technique Talk: Fr...
Leader’s Prayer
† Lord grant that we may understand the necessity for depth in our
Movement, rather than surface glory. Co...
Leader’s Prayer con’t
† Help us to maintain at a high level, a meaningful supernatural and
mutual charity among ourselves,...
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Definition of Friendship
(Wikipedia)
† Friendship is a relationship between friends, a friendly feeling or attitude.
† Fri...
Initial Thoughts on Friendship
† In Jn 15:9 Jesus said “I Love you”
– 1 Jn 4:10 sent His son as expiation for our sins, th...
Love
† The word Love has many meanings

† We often think of it as an emotional attachment
† The word Love evolves from the...
Initial Thoughts on Friendship
† In Jn 15: 17 Jesus said “Love one another”
– So that meant not to necessarily to have fee...
In Order to Love…
† Cursillo is a community of people who
love, who value each other
† We have to feel loved: No one can l...
Friendship
† The Cursillo method believes all true friendships come from God
† When two people are friends and they bring ...
To Be a Friend

Encounter
With God

Encounter
With Self

Encounter
With Others

To Form Yourself

Friend
With God

Friend
...
Cursillo Friendship Organizations
† The Cursillo is a Charism of friendship
† So our Movement emphasizes Friendship
– Frie...
Summary
† As Cursillistas, we believe the Love of Christ is wielded as the only
force capable of transforming the world [a...
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SoL News
† Telecom for all Rectors in late June to discuss July SOL topic,
flow of the weekend. Details soon.
– Candidates...
SoL Six Month Schedule
Jan

Feb

Mar

Ap

May

June

[Ultreyas]

[Ultreyas]

[Cullman]

[Cullman]

[Cullman]

Doctrine

Ro...
SoL Action Log
ISSUE

POC

STATUS

Revise By Laws-last updated 2004

SoL

Approved Secretariat Mtg 10
March; posted on Web...
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Closing Prayer
† Dear Lord, we must have fraternal charity, or we can accomplish
nothing for you.
† In loving you, help us...
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How to be a Friend
† Being a friend requires us to be contemplative which is a product
of our faith and God’s graces
– Con...
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  1. 1. School of Leaders (SOL) Friendship E. Paul Semmens June 2012 Cursillistas! Walk the Paths of the world taking with you the divine seal of grace on your faces with confidence and serenity. May your friendship with Christ blossom throughout all the world in a thousand colors.“ Pope Paul VI, May 1970 1
  2. 2. Agenda † † † † † † Bible Enthronement & Reflection Leader’s Prayer Reflection & Floating Group Reunion Technique Talk: Friendship Discussion/Announcements Closing Prayer 2
  3. 3. Leader’s Prayer † Lord grant that we may understand the necessity for depth in our Movement, rather than surface glory. Convince us of the truth that colorful programs do not constitute success. † My God, give us a spirit of self sacrifice so that we may offer everything for Your cause: our time, our abilities, our health and even our lives if necessary. Instill in us courage in our initiatives, good judgment in our choice of the right means, and that determination, which in spit of failures, assures victory. † Move away from us the tiny rivalries, sensitivities, discourtesies, pride, everything which distracts from You, everything which divides or discourages. 3
  4. 4. Leader’s Prayer con’t † Help us to maintain at a high level, a meaningful supernatural and mutual charity among ourselves, so that each one will seek by preference, the most humble task and will rejoice at the good performed by others, so that all our spirits, united in a common purpose, will have one single spirit, Yours Jesus, and that this spirit may let us see Your attractive goodness marked in all our faces, Your warm accents in all our words, and in our lives something superior to the world, something that proclaims Your Living Presence among us. Amen † Our Lady of Guadelupe, Patron of the Americas, Pray for US. † St Paul, Patron of the Cursillo, Pray for US. 4
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  6. 6. Definition of Friendship (Wikipedia) † Friendship is a relationship between friends, a friendly feeling or attitude. † Friends care for one another and look out for each other. † For a deep understanding to occur between friends, they must open up about personal things, listen carefully, and be loyal to one another. † Value that is found in friendships is often the result of a friend demonstrating the following on a consistent basis: – The tendency to desire what is best for the other – Sympathy and empathy – Honesty, perhaps in situations where it may be difficult for others to speak the truth, especially in terms of pointing out the perceived faults of one's counterpart – Mutual understanding and compassion; ability to go to each other for emotional support – Enjoyment of each other's company – Trust in one another – Positive reciprocity — a relationship is based on equal give-and-take between the two parties. – The ability to be oneself, express one's feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgment. 6
  7. 7. Initial Thoughts on Friendship † In Jn 15:9 Jesus said “I Love you” – 1 Jn 4:10 sent His son as expiation for our sins, the ultimate act of Love † In Jn 15: 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you – The Greek root word for friend is love or beloved † It’s amazing Jesus picked the word, friend; He could have used so many others – – – – – – Servant Disciple or Apostle Follower Associate Companion Supporter I Love You Be My Friend I Chose You † In Jn 15:16 Jesus said “I chose you” 7
  8. 8. Love † The word Love has many meanings † We often think of it as an emotional attachment † The word Love evolves from the Latin word Caritas – to value † Love in a Christian sense has to do with what I value which dictates the way I act and behave Saginaw Michigan White Book, May 15 2012 8
  9. 9. Initial Thoughts on Friendship † In Jn 15: 17 Jesus said “Love one another” – So that meant not to necessarily to have feelings toward one another – But to value, appreciate the other person † In Cursillo, the foundation of our Charism is we love by being friends -we see God’s love through the love of others I Love (Value) You I Choose You Be My Friend Make a Friend Be a Friend Bring a Friend to Christ 9
  10. 10. In Order to Love… † Cursillo is a community of people who love, who value each other † We have to feel loved: No one can love if he is not loved; you can’t give what you do not have – When we realize God loves us, His presence shines in us – God gives His love unconditionally; we can’t earn it – But we can & do gratefully share it in our groups & with others on our weekends † The core idea therefore is friendships are a reflection of Jesus’ love for us GOD US OTHERS CURSILLO COMMUNITY 10
  11. 11. Friendship † The Cursillo method believes all true friendships come from God † When two people are friends and they bring God into their friendship, God amplifies His graces † Friendships bring us individually & collectively closer to God; they are a way for our love to grow † The Tripod is intended to build our friendship with God, ourselves and others – Encounter God; Piety: we learn God loves us – Encounter our selves; Study: we learn to love ourselves – Encounter with others; Action: Our love of God enables us to love (value) others 11
  12. 12. To Be a Friend Encounter With God Encounter With Self Encounter With Others To Form Yourself Friend With God Friend With Self Friends With Others So You can be Friends With: 12
  13. 13. Cursillo Friendship Organizations † The Cursillo is a Charism of friendship † So our Movement emphasizes Friendship – Friendship Groups – Ultreyas † The basis of all we do is friendship, love and respect and when that is missing, our Charism fails – Many attend the weekend and fall away because they cannot find a group that offers them friendship – They do not feel comfortable; they do not see God’s love † The School of Leaders is the friendship group for those who have made Cursillo their apostolate 13
  14. 14. Summary † As Cursillistas, we believe the Love of Christ is wielded as the only force capable of transforming the world [and we are His instruments] † The Charism of Cursillo is to feel the intimate experience that God loves me. [By seeing God through others] † Then based on the realization that God loves us, the Charism of Cursillo is to have an apostolic hunger, as being baptized, to communicate the great news of the Love of God [God’s Love] to the most people in my environments, with a preference to those distant, so that all will feel that God loves them. † The Charism of Cursillo is to live "DeColores" (filled with grace), giving testimony in the movable square meter that surrounds us by the best means that is friendship.” • Juan Ruiz, Former President--OMCC 14
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  16. 16. SoL News † Telecom for all Rectors in late June to discuss July SOL topic, flow of the weekend. Details soon. – Candidates should not anticipate, but teams should! † Remote SoL is third Thursday of each month at 7PM. Attendance information is at cursillo.org/birmingham † Next SoL is 2d Saturday of July in Cullman, 0930 (July 14) † New Cursillo Products: – Team Survey – Qualifications to serve on a team – New Team Member Orientation † Cursillo Summer Social, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, 1130-3:30PM 16
  17. 17. SoL Six Month Schedule Jan Feb Mar Ap May June [Ultreyas] [Ultreyas] [Cullman] [Cullman] [Cullman] Doctrine Role of the SoL Ultreya Role Ultreya Role Sister Anne Marie Sister Anne Marie Theology of Friendship Technique Bylaw Revision Ultreya Conduct Sponsorship Palanca New Team Member Orientation Being a Friend Jul Aug Doctrine Technique 1/3/2014 TBD Weekend Flow Sep Oct Nov Dec No SoL 17
  18. 18. SoL Action Log ISSUE POC STATUS Revise By Laws-last updated 2004 SoL Approved Secretariat Mtg 10 March; posted on Website Develop a list of potential alternate sites for the weekend March Secretariat agenda item Working; having trouble identifying alternate locations Need to update Ultreya Facilitators Post Cursillo Working Need to identify all groups on Cursillo website Post Cursillo Working Need to share information with Cursillistas via email and twitter etc. Post Cursillo Working Need to send Ultreyas note on Palanca SoL Complete 1/3/2014 18
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  20. 20. Closing Prayer † Dear Lord, we must have fraternal charity, or we can accomplish nothing for you. † In loving you, help us to have a genuine concern for one another, a generosity in sharing one another’s burdens, a gallantry in defending the reputation of our group, a sincere sympathy in sharing one another’s suffering and sorrows, and a joy in sharing their spiritual growth. † By this shall all men know that we are your Apostles. Amen. 20
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  23. 23. How to be a Friend † Being a friend requires us to be contemplative which is a product of our faith and God’s graces – Contemplation is the pause before acting; discerning what we are about to do and deciding if what we are about to do is our will or God’s will – Contemplation is the ability to see things as they are; the truth – To be contemplative, we must liberate ourselves from ourselves – Contemplation lets us see virtue in everything, especially the goodness of each person – We desire friendship for no selfish purpose 23
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