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Breath of the Spirit

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

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No Pauline scholar believes Paul wrote our canonical Letters to Titus and Timothy. Most refer to such works as "pseudepigrapha:" literature composed by someone other than the author whose name is attached to it. This differs from employing a ghost writer. In the case of these three letters, Paul... more

The last verse of today's II Timothy pericope has played an essential role in our Christian examination of conscience for almost 2,000 years. "Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching."

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Today's three readings remind us that some tenets of biblical faith can and have changed through the centuries, others haven't, and some can't.

Naaman's request to "have two mule-loads of earth" comes from a period in which people thought Yahweh was only the territorial God of Israel... more

Ironically, a question arising from today's gospel is answered not only in our first two readings, but also is addressed in the gospel's first verses.

Luke's Jesus praises the servant who does what the master commands, no matter the extenuating circumstances. "When you have done all... more

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