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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.

We welcome relevant homilies, inspirational writings, social justice opportunities, or theological articles from other sources also — particularly from wise women and men who can help us grow as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) and allied Catholic/Christians. You may volunteer to help with this program or send your comments by e-mailing info@DignityUSA.org ATTN: Breath of the Spirit.


One of Martin Luther's most biting accusations against the Catholic Church was that it had turned the action of the Eucharist into the thing of the Eucharist.

We old-timers remember those pre-Vatican II days when, as my father often put it, we went to Mass like "bumps on a log." We didn'... more

As I mentioned last week, in dealing with Jesus' post-resurrection appearances, it's essential to remember the distinction between the historical Jesus and the risen Jesus. His resurrection wasn't a resuscitation. Many of us falsely believe that the person who came out of the tomb on Easter... more

Those of us who treat Jesus' resurrection as simply an historical event that put God's seal of approval on his ministry and teachings probably don't understand the significance of today's celebration.

It's easy to confuse resurrection with resuscitation. In the latter, we presume someone... more

Tonight's second Deutero-Isaiah pericope (our vigil's fifth reading) is one of the most significant passages in Scripture. The prophet treats something that confronts those who seriously try to relate to God in their everyday lives: God's simultaneous immanence and transcendence and the power of... more

One of the obstacles to understanding the true significance of tonight's celebration revolves around our Catholic belief in Jesus' "generic" presence in the Blessed Sacrament. We presume the only thing necessary for Jesus to become present in the Eucharistic bread and wine is for a properly... more

The late Carroll Stuhlmueller always stressed that the best biblical definition of a follower of God is contained in today's first reading. Reflecting on his prophetic ministry in his third Song of the Suffering Servant, Deutero-Isaiah mentions, "Morning after morning Yahweh opens my ear that I... more

Students of Scripture always point out that John has no miracles in his gospel; he only has "signs." Already in chapter 2, at the wedding reception in Cana of Galilee, the evangelist mentions that Jesus performed "the first of his signs" to save a newly married from embarrassment. John never... more

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