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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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Fertility cults are a constant problem in Scripture. Prophets condemn them. Laws are created to deal with them. Our sacred authors warn us not to engage in them. Though most of the passages relating to these rituals are in the Hebrew Scriptures, the beliefs underlying such practices continue to... more

All of us need mentors, people we look up to, whose lifestyle and principles we try to imitate. In the section of Genesis in which today's first reading is situated, the sacred author presents Abraham and Sarah as mentors. The couple's words and actions embody the characteristics all good Jews... more

An ironic aspect of today's three readings is that we're hearing them in the context of liturgies which emphasize God's transcendence in our lives. We're in a building specially set aside and designed for otherworldly services, observing the gestures and listening to the words of someone... more

More than any other writing in the Christian Scriptures, Paul's letter to the Galatians tells us what it really means to be a follower of Jesus.

It's an understatement to say Paul's angry when he writes this letter. He's furious! He'd evangelized the Galatian community, teaching the... more

Today's gospel pericope contains one of the most significant events in Luke/Acts: the start of Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem. For the next ten chapters, until his Palm Sunday entrance into the city, Jesus and his disciples will be "on the road." Only after the Holy Spirit's Acts 2 arrival... more

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