“The Cursillos of Christianity is a movement that as a result of its own method, attempts from within the Church to make the reality of being Christian come alive in the singularity, originality, and creativity of each person, so that by discovering their potential and accepting their limitations, they might direct their freedom with conviction, reinforce their will with decisiveness and direct their friendship in favor of a commitment to their daily communal and individual life.” (Eduardo Bonnin)
Candidates attend a Cursillo over a 3-day weekend beginning with silent retreat on Thursday evening. 15 topics are presented by both laity and clergy throughout the weekend. The Movement’s foundation is symbolized by a “tripod”. One tripod “leg” represents Piety which is nothing more than our true intimate friendship with Christ in order to continue our journey toward holiness. The second “leg” represents Study, which is a change of our mentality in order to continue to know who we are, who God is, and who are our brothers and sisters. To place our minds in the service of the truth. The final “leg” represents Action which must be a true change of our aptitude and attitude. Sometimes we get caught up in doing Christian things without being Christian. Being Christian is life, simply put, this means living obvious Christian lives. Living our tripod in all the normal situations and circumstances of our normal daily life will help us to always make better decisions on how to live and grow with oneself, with Christ, and with our brothers and sisters.
(Taken from Foundational Charism of the Cursillo Movement (Part 2)
December 2003. National Cursillo website.)
Following the Cursillo weekend, the candidates, or "cursillistas", as they are now called, are encouraged to form or join small groups and meet regularly throughout their lives. These small groups provide encouragement and accountability for each individual as they try to live out their Christian calling in the world.
“We know well that the Cursillo Movement is one among many other Christian Movements, but it is perhaps the only one whose goal – although not exclusively – is to approach the ‘far away’, not by offering imposed religiosity, but by offering a real encounter with the Christ of the gospel and of the Church.”