Saturday - May 30
Many of you who read or listen to this reflection are aware that I am a Cursillista (one who has attended a Cursillo retreat weekend). That retreat weekend (October of 1997) changed my life in many ways. And that is a story for another day.
One of the three principle foundations of Cursillo is the encouragement to continue to learn about our Catholic faith. In a word, we call it “study”. Our study can take many forms— the books we choose to read, the music we choose to listen to, the movies and TV shows we choose to watch, the podcasts, lectures and online material we absorb, the list goes on and on. Our study can truly take many, many forms.
Today’s gospel is the concluding lines to the Gospel of John. The very last line struck me. John Ch 21: v25. “There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.”
Our Bible contains a total of 73 books, 46 from the Old testament and 27 from the New Testament. So how many books have since been written about Jesus, Christianity, Catholicism, saints, the Church, priests, prophets, popes and faith? Do a quick search on the internet and you’ll come up with millions. I’m thinking John got it right. The world may not contain enough books to describe what Jesus did.
One of the adages of Cursillo is that we should not simply read anything, we should read the best! The same can be said for what we listen to or watch. Expose yourself to the best material. So who is to judge what is good or bad that we expose ourselves to? Well, let’s start with what I can assume you and I can readily agree upon. Read the Bible! Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church! Read about the saints! Watch movies that have a redeeming moral value. Listen to music that is uplifting. Access daily reflections provided by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron, Fr. Burke Masters, Word Among Us, One Bread - One Body, etc. I’ll strongly recommend accessing the www.formed.org website. If you have not done so, you are missing a rich resource of quality material about our faith.
Are you aware that in our own church we have a small library full of good books, DVDs and other study material? It is located just to the left of the Welcome Desk. Go ahead, enter that door and take a gander. You will be inspired!
I don't have a comprehensive list of “good” books, movies or music but I know they are out there. I believe Matthew Kelly has a list of choice books. I hope that you get the simple message of this reflection, we are called to know our God, to know our faith. It requires study. Spend some time every day reading scripture. Spend some more time exposing yourself to good study material.
Blessings to all,
He is Risen!
Just a brief post script, The parish access password for formed.org is MHRFR3. And the other two principle foundations of Cursillo are Piety and Action. If you have any interest in learning more about Cursillo, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. My contact information is on our parish website and in the Sunday bulletin. For convenience, my email is LARKSRDL@YAHOO.COM
Deacon Bob Larkin