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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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One of the most consoling, yet difficult realities to deal with in living lives of faith is that we humans are always capable of changing. Our biblical authors often reflect on this troubling possibility.

More than 500 years before Jesus’ birth, Ezekiel proclaims Yahweh’s take on the... more

I still remember the definition of mystery I learned in my grade school religion classes. A mystery was something that you’d never understand – no matter how long you studied or thought about it. I also remember the story accompanying the definition. It described St. Augustine of Hippo walking... more

Too bad we can’t make today’s second reading our first. Paul’s advice to the Romans, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself!” holds the key for interpreting the passages from Sirach and Matthew. Both address our obligation to forgive others.

The second century, BCE,... more

The easiest definition of a biblical prophet to understand and memorize is that of the late Fr. Bruce Vawter: the prophet is the conscience of the people.

But our sacred authors include other definitions of prophets and prophecy in their writings. Today’s Ezekiel passage contains one of... more

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