Monday, November 10, 2014

Meditations on the Priesthood

It is through the hands of the priest that the Sacred meets and gets entangled with the Profane.

What makes the Liberal Catholic Tradition different from its sister Churches is its emphasis on the Science of the Sacraments. The science that I am referring here is not the typical idea of science that one might have. This is not physics, chemistry or biology. The science that I am referring here is the Knowledge of the Divine.

The Liberal Catholic Tradition does not look into the number of its worshipers. It does not seek to convert other people to a cause that it wants to impose. It rejoices in the very fact that the Christian remains Christian, that the Muslim remains Muslim and that the atheist remains atheist. We rejoice in the very fact that we are part of the human race and that we have been given the privilege of a lifetime to become who we are.

When the priest offers up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - whether alone in his oratory or in a large Cathedral with hundreds of people - he concentrates the energies of the Divine into the blessed place where this sacrifice has been said in memory of the Lord Christ.

The Liberal Catholic Priest therefore, performs the sacraments because it is simply his duty to minister the sacraments as he was called to do so. He does not need a large congregation or a big paycheck from his fellowman (it would be against his duty even, since he is called to be a renunciate!) or even the gaudy and fancy vestments.

The priests need only perfect his/her very self to perform the rites and rituals needed to aid in the elevation of the consciousness of the people of God - that they may undergo a kenosis (an emptying) - that they may become a vessel of the outpouring of sanctifying grace throughout the galaxy and the universe.

-Bro. Gino Paradela, OSFM

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Priests of Free Thinking and Free Spirituality: a Contemplation

It's funny to see people's reaction when they see me wearing my vestments.

Most of my friends have known me for being anti-religion. Most of them, not even in their 'wildest dreams', have thought that I would go into a seminary and hope to become a priest. I have always shown my distaste for Roman Catholicism and other mind controlling 'church organizations'.

I have always known that there is God, but not the ones described by our religious leaders.

I also also feel that there is an error with scriptures, and that they are not infallible as the Pope.

I also believe that there is NO HELL. If there is one, then it should be temporary only. A temporary Hell would also mean our earthly existence, since life is full of suffering.

Creating heaven, for me, is just a simple mental exercise. We either make our lives Joyful or full of Sorrow.

I am a Free-Thinker, and I practice Free-Spirituality. I have no rules, only the guiding principles that resonates deep within me.

I want to become a Priest who encourages Free Thinking and Free Spirituality to everyone. I wish not to make you believe on my beliefs, but rather to explore on your own Spirituality.

I have found my Path by creating my own. It seemed to be a coincidence, but the Universe conspires everything.

Having no doctrines or any man made dogma, just you and God- the Catholic Universalist Church headed by Bishop +George Kuhn have given me this once in a lifetime Chance to be the Change I wanted to be.

I really think that priesthood is all about facilitating God's grace towards the earth through the sacraments and the Eucharist.

But every man, ordained or not, is a Priest in his own right. God has always been, and will always be within us. We, ourselves can draw and tap God's divine grace within us. Remember that our body is the temple, and that the altar of sacrifice is our hearts.

One day, the world would need no ordained priests or big churches.

For man has already become his own Priest; his home will become the church; and that he becomes one with God in his earthly life.


- Bro. Joseph Albert Rholdee Lagumbay, OMFSJ

CUC Cagayan de Oro Grows!

Meet the Catholic Universlist Church (CUC) members in Cagayan de Oro!

There were some who did not manage to come earlier during our 1st official meet up at Mc Arthur Park, but they promised to join us at Kinawe this coming November 23-24.

The Order of the Missionary Fathers of St. Joseph (OMFSJ) headed by Bishop +Egay Dy of Philippine International Catholic Church (PICC) will conduct a two-day Diocesan Convention this upcoming November 23 & 24, 2014 at Kinawe, Libona, Bukidnon.

One of the things that will be discussed is the Youth Fellowship this coming December 2014. Bishop Dy want's the CUC to be part of this event, since he believes that the youth of today must join forces in order to create a better future for humanity.

The CUC and OMFSJ of PICC have joined forces in promoting Fellowship among Independent Catholic Churches in the Philippines.

Bro. Rholdee Lagumbay, OMFSJ

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reflections: Experiential Religion

For the members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Lord speaks to every individual in the silence of their hearts.

Religion, when taken as fact, misses its entire purpose. 

The ancient Greeks for example knew that their gods were not really "real" in a sense. Philosophers quoted freely from the mythological poems of Hesiod and Homer because they displayed profound abstract truths that natural philosophy (ancient science) and logos (reason) simply could not convey.

Take it in this manner: When someone defines a painting for you, it loses its effect. It ceases to have the power to evoke your feelings and sense of the Profound. Imagine a man telling you what makes a beautiful song or how a beautiful song should sound like - your idea of a beautiful song is just wrong for it does not follow his criteria on what makes a beautiful song. 

So when religion dictates upon you what is its version of authentic truth, you will know that truth has left it, for the Truth manifests itself into the inner light of Christ within your soul. 

Our Lord said: "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."(Gospel According to St. Thomas 77)

Be your own light. The sacraments give you the ritual forms to set your consciousness to higher and more spiritual things . Remember, however, that it is you who give its meaning and profoundness within you. Listen to the Christ within your soul. Let that transform you in Love and Wisdom.

The nature of every soul is that of God and it is simply right for us to proclaim that the All must come back to its original splendor. Our existence is a refinement to prepare us for the glory of our own apotheosis, our Godhood within the Oneness of God.

- Bro. Gino Paradela, OSFM