I was trying to paint something to go with the quote - "He restores my soul" from the
23rd Psalm. I wanted something very soft and flowing with some blue and yellow. I quickly realized that this painting wasn't going to work for that because there was too much yellow and not enough blue so I added some wavy lines. (I'm very, very fond of wavy lines.)
As I added more lines and colors I realized that it could be a very colorful painting and I was really pleased! I had tried to do this a few months before and it was dreadful. (No, no one else is going to see it.) I wanted a colorful card because I am an active Cursillista - in fact Cursillo has been a very important part of my life.
What in the world is Cursillo? It began after Vatican II as a way for Catholics to be more active in our faith. Today it usually begins with a retreat and after the retreat you find a group to support you in your faith journey. This helps you to share regularly where you are seeing God in your life and where you are struggling. It gives you people who listen and pray with and for you. It has been a big part of my life for the last 18 years. My friends in Cursillo helped support me through the long and tricky process of adopting our son. They listened and prayed during a very difficult spring when my mother had multiple surgeries and could not walk for many months. Recently some of them have been cheerleaders as I struggled to get this business up and running.
One of the silly parts of Cursillo is a song we sing called De Colores. It simply means Of Colors in English and the song has images of light and rainbows and roosters. We sing this song a lot - it's very energetic and we are silly and crow like roosters which is great fun! The chorus is "De colores and so must all love be, of every bright color to make my heart cry." It's better in the original Spanish " Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mi." A card of many colors!