The participants will be in an atmosphere somewhat tense at the beginning of the rollo “IDEAL”. They have been placed in a group with people they do not know; many will be worrying about what the others will think of them. Many have heard stories of what they will do in the Cursillo and now "that" is beginning. This atmosphere will continue to the time of the discussion, where the members of the group will have the opportunity to begin to know each other and relax a little.
The participants, though nervous, are eager to begin. The retreat is behind them, a period of meditation and of reflection. Some might have not felt anything, but the majority, depending on their personalities, will be nervous. For some, according to their personalities, the spirit of the retreat would have softened their nervousness the night before.
“The atmosphere is charged with anticipation. The rollo of ‘Ideal’ should slide in, reach into their hidden sense of what is right, and then get them thinking of where they truly are in their lives and in their relationship with God.” The majority have been longing for a change in their life. What is going through their minds? The group “order” has not yet been established. They might have many questions at this very moment: “Who will speak on what?” “Who will be quiet?” “Am I going to be accepted…?” “I don’t know how to write.” “I can’t talk religion.” “I’ll show them what theology is.” etc. It will be the end of the day before they will start feeling at home, so the rollo on the ideal should not dazzle, but should point steadily the way. If the rollo is clearly and carefully presented with examples and illustrations, the groundwork will be established for the remainder of the Cursillo.
On the other hand, if the rollo is garbled, theatrical or theoretically inclined, then the participants will turn off the speaker, and it will be difficult to awaken their interest later on. Their nervousness must be relaxed....