Messages from our Bishops

The Rt. Rev. William S.H. Downey, Archbishop of The Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States, shares messages with us from time to time. His messages are archived here, as well as other messages from our Bishops.

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The Rt. Rev. William S.H. Downey
Regionary Bishop


Ascension

A message from Bishop William, Archbishop of The Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States, Ojai, California, 21 May 2017. This year the Feast of the Ascension falls on Thursday, May 25.

During the Liturgy for Ascension Day, after the reading of the Gospel, the celebrant proceeds to reverently extinguish the Pascal Candle saying, “The Great forty days are over; the Lord hath ascended into heaven; and so in His Name I extinguish this pascal candle, which for forty days has symbolized among us his risen body, for a token that as its light, leaving this lower world, passes to higher realms, so may we in heart and mind thither ascend and with him continually dwell.”

Tradition holds that during the forty days from the time of Our Lord’s Resurrection until his Ascension the Savior was amongst his disciples teaching and training them in preparation for their ministry. Much of what he taught is not revealed to us in our canonical scriptures. But we can be assured he was busy in preparing the church. John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

His Ascension, His ultimate and complete reunion with the Father is accomplished. This mystical union presages for us as his disciples our own conscious union with the Father. His Ascension foreshadows our own Theosis that, in taking upon Himself our humanness, Christ lifts all of Humanity into the presence and experience of Divinity.

So even though the physical light of the Pascal candle is extinguished, we must daily remind ourselves that the Eternal Light within the heart of each and every one is never extinguished; it is the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9

That Light burns ever brightly in the heart of every person and we are called to look for that light within ourselves and within the hearts of all, so that we may in heart and mind ascend with Christ and dwell continually with Him in conscious union. 

Transfiguration

A message from Bishop William, Archbishop of The Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States, Ojai, California, 22 January 2017:

Dear Friends,

I send my sincere good wishes for a very blessed New Year. May this year bring you joy and happiness, peace and contentment but most of all a closer walk with God upon the Path that He has ordained for you.

As I sit in my office and look out upon the orange orchards that stretch all the way to the foot of the mountains, bathed in much needed rain; I am tempted to think of how the countryside will soon be transformed into a lush verdant landscape by this much neededmoisture.  How appropriate such musings as we approach the Feast of Our Lord’s Transfiguration!

This glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke, while St. Peter and St. John, two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it. On the Mount the disciples were for the first time confronted with the Real Christ. Up until this point they had seen the man Jesus, impressive though he may have been, but on this occasion, in the High Place, they saw him in His Divine Personage, in His full Glory!

Christ the Son of the Living God was and is the same yesterday, today and forever! Jesus lived a life completely and absolutely transparent of the God within. I believe the transfiguration of Christ was not so much a change in the Person of Jesus as it was and is within the consciousness and perception of the disciple! When the disciple ascends to a High Place in consciousness and awakens from his sleep he or she sees with eyes of clarity. Transparency, clarity, lucidity, Light!

Each of us is called to see with clear vision and contemplate the Divine in all things, in all people and in all circumstances. If we recognize that Reality and Oneness in All, we will effect a living Transfiguration and transformation within ourselves.

The Scripture in Matthew 17:8 says that though this experience was new and frightening to the disciples, “when they looked up they saw no one except Jesus.”  If we allow ourselves to be so transformed we will go forward and in all things see only Jesus!

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ Rumi

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Interview with Bp. Worley

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Mother’s Day Greetings

A message from Archbishop William to the Mother’s Day Tea, Saturday, 11 May 2013, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, sponsored by the New Mexico chapter of the Order of Our Lady.



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