Love Notes from President Rosemary Cathcart

Monday, May 29, 2017 marks this year’s observation of Memorial Day.

 

Originally named “Decoration Day,” the first reported observation was 1861. The name “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882, and was declared the official name of the holiday by federal law in 1967. Memorial Day is intended as a day to recognize, remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to the United States.

 

More than a 3-day holiday with lots of sales and plenty of partying, on this Memorial Day, please take a moment and pause to remember the shoulders on which the celebration rests. My uncles and brothers all served in every branch of the Armed Forces, as I’m sure yours did and may well still be serving. 

 

Perhaps you could join a Memorial Day parade, or visit a cemetery and place a wreath on the grave of someone’s husband, wife, brother, sister, son or daughter. If you’re out and see veterans or those currently serving, take a moment to look them in the eye, shake their hand and say thank you.

 

And consider joining in the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. At the same time, a number of organizations throughout the country also observe the Moment: all major league baseball games halt, Amtrak train whistles sound across the country; and countless participants make a vow to remember.

 

This Memorial Day, please remember to thank all of our very brave and selfless men and women throughout time who have fought for all of our many freedoms. To my mind, I don’t believe they fought so gallantly for us to have more wars, but to enjoy a peaceful and love-filled life, in a united country where the pursuit of a good life supported by peace, equality and freedoms are extended to all of our many citizens.

 

But maybe we can do even more. Perhaps, as UB Ministers, we can all hold that lofty aspiration close to our very connected hearts on this special holiday of MEMORIAL DAY?  Remember, “Where one or more are gathered in MY name…….”

 

Blessings to us all,

Rev. Rosemary Cathcart

President

SPRING 2017

Spring is definitely blessing us all with sunnier, longer days and the hint of blossoms sprouting up here and there.  No matter where you are located in our vast network of Universal Brotherhood Ministers, please know that we are all a “family of choice.”  Each of us able to worship with whomever we choose, in the manner that best represents our deepest connection to God and Divine Spirit.

 

For those of us in the midst of celebrating Passover (April 10-18th) and those of us who will be celebrating Easter on Sunday the 16th, may we all find ourselves in the company of people we love and with whom we enjoy a deep and profound sense of respect and genuine integrity of spirit.

 

As we come together in our chosen manner of prayer and celebration, let us all remember the extraordinary power of intentional prayers scattered across our communities, our country and ultimately across the entire Cosmos.  We are all brothers and sisters in spirit, and throughout this season of reverence, as we intentionally widen our circle of love and influence, we become the living embodiment of the Christ spirit in action.

To me these sacred and holy traditions are meant to encompass introspection, reflection and deep forgiveness ~ forgiveness toward others.  I do not think it’s any accident that the word forgiveness is mentioned 72 times in the New Testament.  Perhaps that is a clue to the true meaning of attaining peace and wholeness?  I believing it truly is.

 

As always, please know that you are being held in the Light by everyone on the Corporate Board of Universal Brotherhood, and by our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore.  You are the life blood of this wonderful organization, and as such, we extend to you the warm embrace of genuine affection and caring; I certainly hope you are feeling that at this moment and throughout each season of the year.  Please let us hear from you, regularly.

 

May Grace allow you to rise higher and higher during these most special and holy celebrations of Passover and Easter.

 

Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,

Rev. Rosemary Cathcart, President

 

UB VALENTINE’S DAY MESSAGE 2017

On the anniversary of Saint Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14, 2017, my wish for all of us is that we can come together in the true spirit of “love”.  A love without judgment or conditions, simply a love of, by and for like-minded, good-hearted seekers and ministers whose choice it is to serve the whole of humanity.

 

No matter what external dramas may be unfolding on the world stage, or in our own backyards, may we keep our focus firmly placed on an expectation of good.  An expectation that “God is never too late”, that Divine Order always prevails and that the best is yet to come.  Between the red hearts, the flowers and the chocolates, attune yourself to the higher vibration, which is a sincere desire to bless and to love.

 

Please know in your heart, that no matter what the holiday or season of the year, you are held warmly in the hearts and minds of not only the Founders of Universal Brotherhood, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, but every member of the Corporate Board, including our beloved Executive Director, Robin Morini.  You are showered with love and genuine affection on a daily basis.  Please embrace that love and share it with all those who are near and dear to you and to all of those to whom you minister.

 

The worldwide ministry of UB was founded on love as an abiding principle of spiritual service and presence.  Each one of us has the potential for enormous good, so let’s not waste a moment!  “Knowing that LOVE is the strongest power on EARTH, I willingly attune my heart, mind and body to love as I open myself to experience every aspect of this life I love living!”

 

Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,

Rosemary

Happy New Year 2017!

In the blink of an eye another year has come and is just about to go around the bend and into the annals of “history.”
I wish each and every one of our wonderful UB Ministers the highest and the best now and into this New Year so full of potential and brilliant opportunity.
For me, I won’t be making traditional resolutions this year. Instead I plan on “waking up to myself.” I am rekindling all those long-cherished hopes, wishes and dreams that I plan to quietly and diligently tend to each day of this New Year. It’s an ambitious plan I’m putting forth:  to do less and to be more.
As I work at becoming the author of my own life, retraining my brain and digging deep in search of the truly radiant being that I am, I will be quiet more often. I’ll rely on a short but potent daily meditation practice to co-ordinate the proposed (and longed-for) shift in my mind/brain/body/consciousness. And I’ll be expecting good results; after all, I’ll have 365 days in which to perfect the experiment!
I’ll be dropping my guard more often as I laugh out loud at life, at the antics of other people and most importantly, I’ll laugh at myself with sweetness and good humor.
And even more importantly, I’ll be taking kindness with me wherever I go and remembering that we’re all doing the best we can. I’ll memorize once again this “Just Like Me” exercise:
Just Like Me
“Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for themselves.
Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in their life.
Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.
Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill their needs.
Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
This ancient Sufi exercise levels the playing field and reminds me that we are all children of God, and we all deserve sweetness, compassion and understanding.
May that sweetness and compassion be woven into the fabric of every day of this New Year for you and those you love. May you experience the joy of accomplishment and the warm tenderness of genuine affection.
As a Universal Brotherhood Minister you are embraced and cherished for the part you’ve chosen to play on the world stage as a representative of such good intentions. You are never alone and are always considered “family” to our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, to our Executive Director, Robin Morini, to our Corporate Board and to me. May your Light shine brighter than ever before, with a sense of renewed purpose and clarity in the coming New Year of 2017.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
   Rosemary
Rev. Rosemary Cathcart
President

What a blessing to celebrate two such joyous and meaningful occasions so close together this year!

What a blessing to celebrate two such joyous and meaningful occasions so close together this year!
2016 has proven to be a topsy-turvy time for so many people, it seems to me that Spirit wanted to give us all reason to have more joy than ever as we usher out this year with as much light, love and joy as possible.
Celebrating the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas is as important to the Christian world as celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem is to the Jewish population.
Reflect for just a moment on the many miracles surrounding the birth of Jesus. Aid and comfort were given when none seemed available to a young couple heavy with impending birth. A brilliant light in the Heavens was able to guide wise men bearing treasured gifts, as simple peasants and their stock surrounded and nurtured in awe as the miracles unfolded.
In Jerusalem, a mighty war for right and justice was waged and won. Generally celebrated near the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah brings “God’s gift of light to the World” as the menorah is lit on each night of the celebration. Each subsequent candle rekindling the ancient mystery of how the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah burned for 8 days even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.
In each case, we witness the Light of the Divine shining brightly in the midst of courage, strength and the hope that something larger and more powerful than us is guiding the way. And I believe it always is.
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas on the 25th or lighting the menorah to celebrate Hanukkah December 24-January 1, 2017 ~ please do it with a loving and peaceful heart. Be aware and open to the many miracles present in your life right this minute and be receptive to even more in the coming year. They’re all just waiting to manifest, if you’re willing to receive.
On behalf of the Universal Brotherhood Board of Directors, our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore and our Executive Director, Robin Morini, may the blessings of this holiday season richly reward you for all of your good deeds and your willing hearts.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
   Rosemary
Rev. Rosemary Cathcart
President

Thanksgiving 2016

Greetings and warm wishes to everyone on this Thanksgiving 2016!

On behalf of the entire Corporate Board of Universal Brotherhood (most especially our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore), I’d like to extend warm, embracing wishes laced with gratitude and kindness to all of our esteemed Ministers and their families.

Life gets so busy these days, and time seems to just fly by for all of us; too much to do and too many demands can be stressful.

I’d like to invite all of us (me included) to take a slow deep breath as we sit around the table on Thursday, and see the love coming back to us from everyone at the table. Family, friends, co-workers; new friends and old alike all benefit from a heart-felt smile and a cheery word of ease. Then imagine those blessings extending out beyond your home and into your community, the state, the country and the entire Universe as well.

“There’s a road that’s made of memories that goes from heart to heart. A path that spans the time and many miles we’ve all been apart. There’s a bridge of special feelings made of all the joys we share, and Thanksgiving is the perfect journey of warm thoughts from here to there.”

May your journey through this most special holiday be filled with love, laughter, happy moments and wonderful food.

With love and care to us all,

   Rosemary

Grace and Joy for Spring 2016

For many of us, Spring is already in the air, even though the Easter celebration is falling earlier than usual this year. No matter where you’re located in this vast Universal Brotherhood network of Ministers, my hope for each of you is that you are able to worship with whomever you choose, in the manner that best represents your deep connection to God and the Divine Spirit. May you find yourself in the company of people you love and who hold you in a sense of respect, love and high esteem.
As you come together in prayer, please remember the enormous power of prayers that are shared and joyfully scattered. Imagine your prayerful sentiments being deliberately sent across the globe and being warmly received by people everywhere. As we intentionally widen our circle of love and influence, we become the living embodiment of the Christ spirit in action.
For all of our Ministers who celebrate Passover, let us also extend early Passover blessings to each of you and your families for a reverent and joyful celebration beginning this year on April 23rd. May your Seder table be alight with the warmth and commitment of loved ones and family alike. May each of your 8 days of celebration reveal to you a deeper sense of connection and belonging.
As I’ve said previously, to me these sacred and holy traditions are meant to encompass introspection, reflection and deep forgiveness—forgiveness toward others as well as for ourselves. I don’t think it is an accident that the word forgiveness is mentioned 72 times in the New Testament. Are we being given a clue to the true means of attaining peace and wholeness? I believe so.
As always, I want you to know that you are being held in the Light by everyone on the Corporate Board of Universal Brotherhood, and by our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore. You are a vital part of this wonderful organization and as such we extend to you the warm embrace of genuine affection and caring; I certainly hope you’re sensing that now.
May Grace allow you to rise higher and higher during these most special and joyful celebrations of Easter and Passover.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
Rosemary
Rev. Rosemary Cathcart
President
Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.

Hello 2016

It’s rather hard to believe, but it’s time to bid 2015 farewell as we open ourselves to all of the possibilities and potential of the new year ahead ~ 2016!
A year from now I wonder who we all will be? We might just surprise ourselves!
What if we simply allowed ourselves to be enthusiastic at all of the possibilities just waiting to be discovered? What if we all had the courage to breathe our own brand of brilliance into a living, functioning form? What if we could all leave the past behind and only focus on the here and now as if our very lives depended upon it?
What if we all just agreed to have fun with our creativity and explored our highest potentials as we pretended no grown-up was watching or criticizing or belittling our efforts?
What if we just lived a joyful, courageous, compassionate life that focused on goodness and right action inspired by truth?
What if every person cleaned up their own messes and acted as if love was the fuel that propelled their every thought, plan or action?
It’s a lot to comprehend, but I believe we’re up to it.
For me, I’m going to work at staying present as I continue to express deep gratitude for my life and the opportunity to live. I appreciate so deeply my life, my home, my loved ones and friends who are like family to me. I appreciate my sweet canine companion, Cayce and all she teaches me and shares with me on a daily basis. I appreciate the opportunity to continue growing, changing, learning and exploring this thing called life. I appreciate my work and every client who finds their way to me.
And for our precious “beloveds” also knows as Universal Brotherhood Ministers ~ thank you for demonstrating what dedication and perseverance look like every day.  Thank you for continuing to maintain your commitment to your own personal ministry and to the original principles set forth by our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore.
Although I have been a part of this esteemed organization since 1983, I remain humbled and gratified that I  have the opportunity to serve as President. No one works alone, and I stand on the shoulders of every UB President that has gone before me, along with our entire Corporate Board. In the company of our outstanding Administrator, Robin Morini, we strive every day of the year to keep our foundation strong as we continue to branch out and grow year after year. We cannot do that without each and every member and your continuing contributions in terms of newsletter articles, inspiration, time and financial backing. You are, after all, the face of UB to the world.
I believe that love is all that has ever mattered. I also understand that what we focus on increases tenfold, so I will be working on my focus and the outreach of UB in the New Year. As we approach 365 days of new opportunities, I’ll be focusing on love for myself so that I have more love for this wonderful organization known as Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.
May your life in the coming New Year be a testimony to all that you have been and all that you hope to be in the future. You have the support and the encouragement of the entire Corporate Board behind you. I only know two things with my entire being:  Divine Order always prevails and the best is yet to come! And so it is!
Blessings and love to you and to all those you hold dear,
Rosemary
Rosemary Cathcart

As Another Year Comes To A Close…..

Dear Universal Brotherhood Ministers across the world,
On behalf of myself and the entire Corporate Board of UB, I want to extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for another year of service. All of us at UB give great thanks to each member for your continued service and dedication to your own, individual ministry and to the collective body that is UB.
As another year comes to a close, we look back in wonder at the good which Spirit has allowed us to accomplish this year. For every baptism, christening, wedding and end of life ceremony each UB Minister was privileged to perform, we extended our influence and our sense of caring light into the world. We have touched lives at the most important of moments and we have worked at being fully present to witness it all.
May each of you, in your own way, enjoy this beautiful season with the faith, peace, love and joy that it is meant to represent. Whether you’re a “Happy Hanukkah” or a “Merry Christmas” person, it’s the good intentions and happy thoughts that are meant to be conveyed.
With that in mind, may your journey into the New Year be willed with all of the love, joy and happiness your hearts and minds can hold.
Until next time, blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
Rosemary
Rosemary Cathcart
President

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always held a special place in my heart. I thoroughly enjoy the idea of serving others and of sharing my bounty with family and friends alike.
This year I’d like to issue a special invitation to Universal Brotherhood ministers around the world to help carry the torch of love and generosity of spirit to one and all.
This Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015, let us come together as a community of like-minded Americans and ministers to the people. By definition, we of Universal Brotherhood want to be of service and we want to spread a sense of hope and hospitality to everyone we encounter. Practice extending that consciousness of thanksgiving and service through your prayers and meditations and daily actions as a living and active work of light.
When we bless the feast this Thanksgiving Day, remember all of the troops stationed around the world, protecting our freedoms and our rights to enjoy such a quintessential American holiday. From the first toast to the last bit of pumpkin pie, treasure the moments and sit in deep gratitude.
Please know that you are held in the hearts and minds of not only the Founders of Universal Brotherhood, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, but every member of the Corporate Board, including our Administrator, Robin Morini. We shower you with love and genuine affection on a daily basis and are all better for your participation and your presence. May abundant blessings grace your life and the lives of all you hold dear.
A very happy Thanksgiving to you.
Rosemary
Rosemary Cathcart
President