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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.


It’s a shame many who listen to today’s well-known gospel pericope won’t get the message Matthew originally intended us to get. To hear what the evangelist expected us to hear, we must point out two frequently overlooked elements in this passage.

First, this miracle, like all gospel... more

It’s clear from our four gospels that one of the original things which most attracted people to the faith of Jesus was the element of surprise.

That in itself isn’t surprising. Jesus’ basic stump speech revolved around proclaiming the presence of God’s kingdom in our daily lives.  He was... more

One of the most important discoveries coming from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s years of studying evolution is that it’s normally the weakest link that survives; the strongest usually becomes extinct. The reason is simple: the weakest is forced to adapt, and adaptation is the key to evolution.... more

Deutero-Isaiah delivered one of the most hopeful messages in all of Scripture: Yahweh was finally ready to return the exiled Jews to the Promised Land. After more than 50 years in Babylon, this unnamed 6th century BCE prophet encouraged his fellow Israelites to start packing their bags and get... more

Today’s gospel passage deals with a question which early Christian communities frequently discussed: why do some people have faith and others don’t?

Those who believed in the presence of the risen Jesus in their lives looked at reality in a different way from those who simply thought of... more

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