Have any of you been to a Via de Cristo/de Colores/Cursillo/3 day Christian retreat weekends? I have. NOTE: I do not want to discuss too much about the details of the three-day weekend, as I do not want to spoil anything for those who have yet to attend that may want to.
In 2015 I went to a Lutheran, “Via de Cristo” weekend. I believe the Catholic version of this is Cursillo. It was a great time. For three days I was kid-less, jobless, iPhone-less, internet-less, and had 72 whole hours to devote to deepening my faith in Christ, as well as enjoy the camaraderie of other Christian women.
Looking back, immediately after attending the weekend I felt like a new woman. I was on fire, and wanted to spread the word. A year later, there is still a flame but it isn’t much like it was last year. During the weekend, one learns the depth of the love that Christ and God has for humanity. We learn the significance of evangelism, and enjoy prayers, worship, and talking with our peers. There is no outside influence, as we do not bring cellphones or electronics. It was a really love-filled peaceful time. I can’t help but wonder, though, why this is so secretive and not as publicly made-known. Apparently I am not the only one. While researching this movement, I found a site called questioningcursillo.com. A quote from the site:
“These weekend “high” experiences are largely dependent on universally applicable, manipulative, somewhat deceptive and not uniquely Christian psychological and physiological techniques designed to wear down resistance and produce an emotional high/ cathartic experience, which is then interpreted as religious experience. While the short-term effects may be pleasant and desirable, the long-term consequences are mostly negative. And since these weekends have no biblical warrant, they should be avoided.”
I pondered about this statement for a while. Was I deceived in some way? Then I thought, if they were using techniques to produce this Christian-on-fire type feeling, was this so bad? I decided that (worst case scenario) I was “deceived” into thinking Jesus loves me and needs me to spread the Good News. I also got a weekend off of cooking and cleaning, so in the end I feel I truly benefited from the experience. 🙂
However, per the blogger on questioningcursillo.com, is there deception involved? Why is this a by invitation-only club? Is this truly what Jesus would want? I appreciate your two cents on the matter. I don’t really have strong feelings at the moment on this matter, just curious.