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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.

As we know from many of the late George Carlin's comic routines, coming into contact with organized religion is part of almost every person's faith experience. Nothing the matter with it, as long as the organized religion we encounter helps us accomplish what it supposedly was created to do:... more

My recent encounter with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has given me a deep appreciation of the medical discoveries and advancements we've achieved throughout our history. Those, for instance, involved in my chemotherapy have assured me, "This isn't your parents' chemo. Treatment has changed... more

In hindsight, we humans have a knack of turning past complicated subjects into simple black and white issues. Through the centuries questions become clearer, answers more evident. This is certainly the case with the history of how biblical Jews related with non-... more

Over the last 20 years, more and more students of Scriptures have replaced the familiar, pejorative terms Old Testament and New Testament with Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Scriptures. This switch, as we see from today's liturgical passages, was prompted by... more

One of the most difficult aspects of studying Scripture is to develop the knack of hearing the text as the author originally wrote it, not as it's been falsely interpreted through the centuries.

Perhaps the classic example of the misread is the disciples' statement in Matthew's 19:10... more

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