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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.


Even Catholic Scripture scholars agree that the biblical role of Peter isn’t to be the first pope; it’s to be a witness to Jesus’ resurrection.

Accustomed to hearing Jesus’ well-known words to Peter against the background of the hierarchical church structure which we’ve created through... more

Serious students of Scripture quickly learn to abandon their catechism frame of mind and approach our sacred writings from the viewpoint of Tevye, the hero of Fiddler on the Roof. Trained from youth to look at the truths of our faith with an “either/or” mindset, it’s difficult for many of us to... more

In one of my favorite Peanuts cartoon strips, Snoopy discovers his water bowl is empty. As he clamps it between his teeth and saunters over to the faucet he eventually realizes he has only one set of teeth. He can’t simultaneously turn on the faucet and hold the bowl. He stands there for a while... more

Though Luke and John disagree on the date the of Spirit’s first arrival, along with Paul they insist that the Spirit’s an essential element of the Christian community’s experience.

All three attempt to answer the same question. If Jesus isn’t among us any longer in his historical body,... more

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