In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to
God, the Father.
Thank You for Being There
What a wonderful blessing it is to be a sponsor on a Cursillo/Walk to Emmaus!
Your heart is warmed as you help usher that friend, that loved one up close
to the heartbeat of God. What an experience – to help make a disciple!
In Kairos, being a Host is very unlike it is in Cursillo/Walk to Emmaus, and
for good reasons – you didn’t select the participant you will host. The
participant’s environment is totally alien to your environment. You don’t live
in the Christian Community that the participant will join! In fact, everything
in Kairos is aimed at encouraging the resident to form a community with other
residents instead of with team members.
The prison is the environment in which they live and in which they must find
Christ and Christ’s community. It is a natural reaction to want to form
community with Kairos team members. Natural, because it is “safe” as
compared to taking a chance at being vulnerable to another inmates.
As a Host, you help the participant feel comfortable, safe at being part of the
Christian community. Make sure that your time with the participant on
Thursday night and Friday morning isn’t rushed. Let it be friendly and
natural. Remember – you are helping find a home in a new family,
the family of Christ in the prison.
Host Activities – Getting Started
Greet participant with a warm smile
Take the participant to get some refreshment and be seated
Review the introduction card together
Make mental note regarding their grasp of the language and their ability
Give them your undivided attention – make them feel “special”
Give the participant a friendly goodbye at the door
What is God saying to me through this Word?
How do we develop a thankful heart?
Prayer Focus: Thanksgiving for our blessings
May we all practice the art of listening between now and the beginning of the Kairos weekend.
For many of us, acceptance begins with being understood. Resentments are easier let go. We no longer have the need of poisoning our self over and over. Forgiveness is a fruit of seeking to understand others instead of always seeking to be understood
When we take the time to listen to what the other person is trying to say.
...We have the security of our identity to listen rather than be heard.
...We take off our own point of view as the only way to see life.
...We are more able to see life from the other persons perspective.
...This is where we really begin to understand the gift of grace.
...We do not have to agree with a person to try and understand them.
When we are able to accept the grace offered from God through others.
...We know we are accepted just as we are.
...We know that our works are a reflection of our faith, not a way to earn or deserve God's favor.
...Our pride is not on the table regarding how much we can do on our own before we ask God to jump in.
...We know that receiving God's grace in no way diminishes our value or worth.
...We are reflecting the grace given to us to the people around us.