It is with great joy that I accept the invitation to serve as the Spiritual Director for the Cursillo in the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the Cursillo for the grace that I received on my weekend to see more clearly the life that Christ was inviting me to enter into.
In his letter of appointment, Bishop Fabre stated “As you know, Deacon Lloyd, the Cursillo Movement has as its focus to bring those who make a Cursillo into closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church…. I pray that God will grant success to these efforts here in our diocese. With my great gratitude for your ministry, and with a promise of my prayers for you and all that you undertake, I remain, Sincerely in the Lord, Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre” With these encouraging prayers of Bishop Fabre we will together invite the Holy Spirit to be with us as we continue to personally seek to come into a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church patiently and perseveringly using the Cursillo method. In James 1:2-4 we read: “My brothers, you will always have your trials but, when they come, try to treat them as a happy privilege; you understand that your faith is only put to the test to make you patient, but patience too is to have its practical results so that you will become fully-developed, complete, with nothing missing.” One virtue that helps us trust God more and grow in apostolic zeal is simplicity of heart. When you grow in simplicity of heart, you will never demand of God that he explain your vocation or your sufferings. Thanks to simplicity of heart, you will always see God’s holy will in everything, and everything, even pain, becomes wells and rivers of peace and joy. Thanks to simplicity of heart, you will be able to understand people and their misery and give them a helping hand. Thanks to simplicity of heart, you will never harbor hate, an evil wish, a grudge, or an evil thought in your heart. Everything brings you to God.
So together with the grace of God, staying focused on Our Lord Jesus Christ, we will continue to be open to the Spirit of God in union with His Spouse, Mary Our Mother, as we continue to pray, study and act as God’s Holy Will directs us.