Pastoral letter from the CACINA bishops

Posted in Christianity, ecclesiology by cacina on May 29, 2009


Wherefore, if Holy Scripture proclaims that God is love, and that love is of God, and works this in us that we abide in God and He in us, and that hereby we know this, because He has given us of His Spirit, then the Spirit Himself is God, who is love.

Peace! Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit with her seven-fold gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (or courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts come to us with an invitation to prayerfully continue the discernment process we began at this year’s General Assembly. The gifts come to us with an invitation to life and challenges us, like the members of the early Church, to say yes to all God has in store for us. This Spirit of God comes to us with the surging power of love, which has the power to disorient us and shake us out of our complacency.

St Augustine reminds us that it is this unceasing love at the heart of the Trinity that descends on us at Pentecost and imbues us with this same love which unites the Trinity, and has the power to unite us a Church in our witness to the world of this ancient message of God’s all inclusive love.

At our recent General Assembly the Holy Spirit moved us to renew our commitment to proclaim to the whole world that God’s love is non-discriminatory, that we of CACINA are inspired by the Holy Spirit, in this time and place, to proclaim a message of peace and welcome home to people who are searching for an authentic Catholic expression of faith.

We are moved by the Holy Spirit at this Pentecost, with faith and courage, with understanding and piety, with counsel and knowledge, and with wisdom and fear of the Lord to go out to the whole world with this message of God’s powerful and disorienting love.

At this Pentecost, we of CACINA are:

• inspired to strive to be a holy people and to bring his holiness to fruition in our individual lives and our parish communities;

• called to receive this grace and to share it with all whom we meet;

• challenged, like Peter and John, to proclaim the healing power of the name of Jesus (Acts 3:6), to say to the disinvested, come home, and to the oppressed that there is liberation in CACINA’s expression of our theology; and most importantly,

• commissioned to be living witnesses to the power of God’s love moving in our Church and our lives.

At this Pentecost let us renew or covenant to each other, to our Mission, and to our Church. Let us hold the world and each other in our prayers and ask for the grace of the seven-fold gifts to truly live our anthem: “All are welcome, All are welcome, in this place.”

Given Under Our Seal and Signature
On the Feast of Pentecost, Anno Domini 2009
The College of Bishops of the Catholic Apostolic Church in America.

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