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Breath of the Spirit

Pastoral, Liturgical, Teaching, and Social Justice Moments brought to you by www.DignityUSA.org.

Breath of the Spirit is DignityUSA’s electronic spiritual and liturgical resource for our members and potential members. Nothing can replace your chapter or other faith community, but we hope you will find further support here for integrating your spirituality with your sexuality and all the strands of your life.

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According to most scholars, Luke is the first Christian author to presume everyone in his community will die a natural death before Jesus returns in the Second Coming. This appears to be one of the reasons he frequently hammers away at mercy and forgiveness in his two-volume work.
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Scholars presume Paul had been dead for sometime before the author of II Timothy composed today’s second reading. That enables the writer to do for the Apostle what the evangelists did for Jesus in their Last Supper narratives: he creates a “farewell discourse.” Our sacred authors are experts... more

Everyone knew what to expect years ago at Catholic Biblical Association Eucharists when, during the Prayer of the Faithful, the presider actually asked for petitions from the faithful. Notre Dame’s Josephine Massingbyrd Ford’s prayer was always memorable: “I echo the prayer of the wronged... more

Though today’s gospel leper-healing narrative is well-known, our II Kings leper-healing account could be more theologically significant.

Luke’s passage needs little explanation. Ten lepers ask Jesus for pity; all are healed, but only one returns to thank him and everyone remembers... more

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