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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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I've always struggled with "Mass stipends." Paying for a sacred action runs counter to all I've learned about my faith. The Eucharist is a "holy" action; far beyond anything we humans can control with money.

The "official" answer laid on me when I complain about the practice goes... more

The late scholar of Wisdom Literature, Roland Murphy, frequently focused on today's I Kings passage to provide us with Scripture's best definition of a "wise" person. When promised a reward from Yahweh, Solomon asks for just one thing: "an understanding heart." According to Fr. Murphy, all... more

Over the years I've had conversations with people who defended their not being members of any particular church by pointing out, "There're people in those churches who aren't doing what Jesus wants us to do!"

The make-up of God's people is always a mystery. On one hand we're... more

The closer I come to dying, the more today's lines from Isaiah 55 become significant in my life. "Thus says Yahweh: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful — So shall my word be that goes forth... more

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