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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.

George Bernard Shaw once observed, “One can only be converted to what one already believes.”

During my biblical prophecy courses, I remind my students that prophets never say anything new. One of the characteristics of a true prophet is his or her knack of taking people back to the... more

Most Christians know little about the 613 laws of Moses which all Jews have a responsibility to obey. And what they do know probably comes from the gospel confrontations between Jesus and a group of ultra strict observers of the law: the Pharisees. Yet contrary to popular Christian tradition, it... more

It’s not unheard of that people will use a biblical text to defend the very position which the sacred author condemns in the text. This is how some have employed today’s gospel pericope.

Jesus’ words, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s!” have often been... more

As a child I used to look at my religion as the means to get God to do what I wanted God to do. Because I was a member in good standing of the true, founded-by-Jesus church, I presumed God was more attentive to my prayers than to those of Protestants, and valued them infinitely more than the... more

Often things which created huge problems for the first Christians don’t seem to bother most modern Christians. For example, we’re so comfortable today in thinking of Jesus as creating a new religion that the historical split between Christians and Jews makes perfectly good sense. Yet our... more

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