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Breath of the Spirit

Pastoral, Liturgical, Teaching, and Social Justice Moments brought to you by www.DignityUSA.org.

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Back in the 70s, Scripture scholars began to speak of "trajectories" through faith: ideas, thoughts, movements that never seem to win over the majority, but eventually help some people of faith shift the way their faith affects their everyday lives. We find some of these trajectories in today'... more

Though both Paul and John talk about the "body of Christ" in today's readings, each approaches the concept from different directions.

Most of us, as Catholics, are more comfortable with John's theology than Paul's. From childhood we've been taught about his manna symbolism. On the... more

After years of reflection, I'm convinced when some of us speak or think about God, we're really thinking or speaking about a concept, rather than a real person.

I presume our ancestors in the faith worried about us falling into such a trap. That's why they bent over theologically... more

Something we take for granted today was still a hot, debated topic when Luke composed his gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. We presume anyone can be a follower of Jesus. Race or social status make no difference. We need only have faith in Jesus. Christianity is its own religion, not a... more

As the recent Easter Sunday 60 Minute segment on Mt. Athos pointed out, we Christians have an ancient tradition of monasticism. But it's not ancient enough to be traced back to Scripture. Jesus' earliest followers presumed they'd imitate his dying and rising within the context of a community... more

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