Guidelines for a Fourth Day Talk at a Secuela
The purpose of a Fourth Day Talk shared at a secuela is for you to provide encouragement to other pescadores in their fourth day by witnessing to the active presence of Christ in your life. The talk should be a brief (about 10 minute), meaningful, and personal sharing of your life with Christ at the present time. It should be on your fourth-day experience, not on your life before the weekend so much as what has your life has been since your weekend. Neither should the talk be instructional regarding the Tres Dias method. It should, however, provide witness as to how the Tres Dias tools (the weekend itself, reunion groups, and secuelas) have aided you in living your fourth day.
Your talk must be positive in its focus and kept within the time constraints. Positive does not mean that you should avoid discussing any difficult experiences during your fourth day. Everyone — both the Christian and the non-Christian — will experience hardships and problems as they live on this earth. The difference, for Christians, is in how the support of Jesus and the love of other Christians help them deal with those problems.
The following is a suggested outline for the talk:
- Introduce yourself; give your town, the number and year of your Tres Dias weekend, and the table name (if you can remember).
- Choose a recent experience with Christ (apostolic action, crisis, joyful occasion) and explain how Christ was present to you during this time.
- Share how the support of your brothers and sisters, during your weekend and from your reunion group and secuela attendance, helped you directly or indirectly by preparing you to respond positively to Christ.
- Tie in scripture or something you learned from a Christian book if it is appropriate.
- Close with a summary statement of what you learned, either about Christ or yourself, as a result of the Tres Dias experience.
And, please conclude with a “De Colores!” Remember, a short, clear witness will be remembered best. Ask the Lord, in prayer, to guide you. He will ….!
Editor’s Note: The Essentials of Tres Dias specify that a “floating reunion group” (a term that sometimes causes confusion) follow the fourth-day talk. Usually, this means asking those attending the secuelas to divide into smaller groups to discuss some theme mentioned in the talk. For example, if the speaker talked about how faith was tested during a crisis, the members in the reunion groups might be invited to share stories about times their faith was tested.