Illustration by Lauren Moore
He is in every unmarked small act of
He is in every heart
In your heart
Listen and look.
He is right there.
CURSILLO - VOCABULARY
Sometimes, people may feel that Cursillo is exclusive with a
language of its own. It is simply that certain Spanish words -
De Colores, Ultreya and Cursillistas - become part of the every-
day vocabulary of everyone who attends a Cursillo Weekend.
Use of the Cursillo vocabulary honours Cursillo's Spanish origin and becomes a shorthand for the communication of God's grace
through the contemplation of Christian Life together.
For Cursillistas the words are a reminder of a special time spent
reflecting on God's loving grace and continued encouragement
to persevere in our faith through the challenges of life. To rest
in the presence of God, act in His grace and live the Christian
The Language of Cursillo Explained
Cursillo - short course; series of lectures
Cursillista - Cursillo participant. Cursillistas - Plural.
De Colores - in colours
In the Cursillo movement, being "in colours" is to be in God's
grace. For that reason, Cursillistas (Cursillo participants )often
sign off or greet each other with the phrase "De Colores"
Ultreya - heading onwards or reaching beyond.
- a Group meeting. 20th Century concept, from the
global spread of the word through the Cursillo movement.
If you are familiar with the Camino de Santiago - the Pilgrimage
way to Santiago de Compostela - you may already know the
word 'Ultreya!' A greeting of encouragement to Keep Going!,
pilgrims shout to each other along the way.