CURSILLO - VOCABULARY
Cursillo, as a movement of the Church, originated in Spain and
has a vocabulary of its own which honours that Spanish origin.
Specific Spanish words - De Colores, Ultreya and Cursillistas -
to name a few, become part of the everyday vocabulary of
everyone who attends a Cursillo weekend.
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 challenge
of life. To rest in the presence of God, act in His grace and live
the Christian Life.
The Language of Cursillo defined
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 often sign off or greet each
other with the phrase "De Colores"
Ultreya - heading onwards or reaching beyond.
- a Group meeting, 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.
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.