The Way of Christ is a three day event where participants share in a vibrant portrait of the grace filled life Jesus lived and taught. It is a time where the hope of Christ is celebrated, the believer’s purpose in life named, the love of God in Jesus proclaimed.
Life in Christ is built upon the grace of God and the believers trust of God to be shaped and transformed by that grace.
The transformation of environments is the ultimate goal of the the Way of Christ.
What is expected of a “pilgrim” (this is what we call those who have followed a cursillo), is that he or she is “ferment of the Gospel in his environment” .
The phrase comes from a parable where Jesus compares the advent of his kingdom to the transformation of bread: “He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Matthew 13:33)
Leaven is an agent that is added to the dough to make it rise. (The fermentation that is produced causes the bubbles that we see in the bread.) The expression “ferment of the Gospel” therefore suggests a type of evangelization that is done from within, by the strength of the testimony of its pairs.
To explain the Way of Christ to someone who has never experienced Way of Christ is, at best, difficult. Often, for those who have experienced the Way of Christ it is still somewhat mystifying. The reason behind the mystery is God. No one can fully explain how God touches each person in His special/unique way throughout the various elements of the Way of Christ. We cannot explain the mystery of God. We will, however, attempt to explain the human aspect behind the Way of Christ. You will find references to concepts that at one time seemed foreign to most of us. Evangelization is probably the one that comes to mind first. Today, in the Church, we hear a great deal about evangelization. Still for some of us, we automatically think of going out two-by-two (with Bible in hand) and knocking on people’s doors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the Way of Christ, we approach evangelization as a very natural act of being Christ-like within each of our daily activities. We realize that while most people would like to live their lives in a Christ-like manner, the pressures of the world often make this difficult. The Way of Christ provides a method and a technique to provide each of us with the tools, the mentality, the strength, and the support to make this natural type of evangelization possible. Sometimes this website will have other statements that are basically the same as evangelization. Statements such as: 1) proclaiming the Gospel, 2) fulfilling our Baptismal responsibility (some of us were not even aware that our Baptismal responsibility required us to do something), 3) leavening the environments, and 4) living what is fundamental for being a Christian. We should not allow these statements to scare us off. These are nothing more than by-products of living our lives in a fully Christian manner. The Way of Christ can assist each of us in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully Christian.