cites several different definitions for the purpose of the Cursillo
Movement. While the wording (definitions) may vary, the idea is the same.
This is due, in part, to the fact that the purpose of Cursillo is
multi-faceted. No one definition can truly explain what Cursillo is.
However, all the definitions can give a much richer meaning to the purpose
As mentioned earlier, while the wording of these definitions may
differ, their ideas are the same. The Cursillo Movement is focused to help
each of us fulfill our baptismal responsibility: to go forth, as apostles,
and proclaim the Gospel. We can no longer afford to sit passively by and
"hope" that the world comes to know Christ. We must make a
conscientious effort to "tell" the world about Christ. The
Cursillo Movement provides us with the necessary tools for fulfilling our
baptismal responsibility along with the training for using those tools.
||One definition states:
"The purpose (or goal) of the Movement is to make Christian
community possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and
other places where people live the greater part of their lives. It
makes possible for anyone in the world to live a Christian life in
a natural way."
||Another definition lists
the purpose of the Cursillo Movement as: "The leavening of
environments with the Gospel." In other words, changing the
places we spend time by being Christlike in our thoughts, words,
||Still another definition
states: "Since it is a movement of the Church, the Cursillo
Movement has the same apostolic purpose as the Church herself. And
the Church, as Pope Paul VI told us, exists to evangelize."
||There is yet another
definition that describes the purpose as such: "The Cursillo
Movement is a movement of the Church which by means of its own
method makes it possible for people to live what is fundamental
for being a Christian, and to live it together; it helps people
discover and fulfill their personal vocations, and it promotes the
creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their
environments with the Gospel." These "core groups"
are now referred to as "Environmental Groups."
In determining the purpose of the Cursillo Movement, it is important
that we focus on two important aspects. The first aspect: We are communal
people. The second aspect: We are teamwork people.
We Are Communal People
By our very makeup (which was conceived by God), we need relationships
(interaction of two or more persons). A relationship of husband/wife was
required to bring about our conception. A relationship of mother/child was
required to bring about our birth. Our growth from newborn to
adulthood is filled with relationships in school, family reunions, Church,
vacations, etc. When we enter into the working environments we find
ourselves thrust into completely new relationships. Neighborhoods can also
provide various opportunities for relationships. Social/Civic/Political
involvement(s) most definitely depend upon relationships. Therefore it is
part of our nature to be part of various communities in our everyday life.
We Are a Teamwork People
Early in our youth many of us came to understand the value of teamwork.
Even if one was not involved in a formalized sports program, most were
involved in some form of team competition during P.E. (Physical Education
class) at school. We also learned the value of studying together in an
attempt to improve our grades.
For those that serve (or have served) in the military, they realize
that the purpose of Basic Training is to de-emphasize the individual and
emphasize the team. Besides all these examples of teamwork, Christ gave us
the encouragement to work as a team: "Again, [amen,] I say to you, if
two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it
shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
(Matthew 18: 19-20).