Jesus said, "When two or three are gathered together for my sake, there I am in the midst of them."
We are called to the Cursillo to make Group Re-unions. As Eduardo Bonnin, one of the founders of the Cursillo Movement said, "We must bear in mind that Group Reunions are not held so that there may be people to attend Cursillo but the Cursillos are held so that there are people to make a Group Reunion."
The real gift of Cursillo is Group Reunion, which emphasizes the value of personal contact and sharing with other Christians after the weekend. The purpose of a Group Reunion is to help each one in it to reach his or her full potential in Christ. In company with sympathetic, caring, loving people we are able to share and talk about our hang-ups and fears as well as our hopes and dreams.
Characteristics Of A Group
The Order Of Group Reunion
Group Reunion opens and closes with prayer. The Group Reunion card is the guide to a successful Group Reunion.
Each item in Piety, Study and Action should be taken separately. Unless the items are taken one at a time, the reunion will become mechanical. By following the Rule of Life one should grow in depth of spirituality.
Guidelines For Effective Sharing
There are three levels of sharing:
1. Mouth to mouth sharing is simply conversational doodling.
2. Head to head sharing is more serious in that it is exchanging ideas and concepts, but the ex-change is strictly of ideas, detached from the person.
3. Heart to heart sharing lets the other person know where you stand in relation to ideas and how you feel about them; it is the communing from which community is born.
When one person in a group takes that leap of faith and lets the others in on his or her life, the group is under a real obligation as the Body of Christ to be ministering servants to that person.
Don't interrupt. Our greatest gift is to listen and this could be all the person wants or needs.
Don't probe. There is a thin line between listening and probing. To listen is to enable a person to say all that he or she wants to say. To probe is to make a person share what he or she does not want to share.
Don't give advice. If someone in the group has had a similar experience, he or she can share the experience without telling the other person what to do.
Don't judge. We are all different. Some sensitive areas of disagreement in lifestyle, theology and outlook will arise. Love will be put to the test in accepting people where they are and for what they believe.
Remember, to be an enabler means to call forth the best in another person, to see the best in him or her.
Sometimes Group Reunions do not work out successfully, and it may be necessary to move on. This should not be considered a failure. Group Reunions do not last forever, they change and grow, just as people do.
The Group Reunion provides the forum and the impetus to actively engage in Piety, Study and Action in a Cursillista's everyday life. We will never outgrow our need for Group Reunion, be-cause we need to share our Christian life deeply in order to keep it growing. The Group Reunions are done for Jesus' sake. He is present at them and they should be done prayerfully that we might know, love, and serve Him better.