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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.

It takes lots of practice and knowledge to insert yourself into the world of the sacred authors. Most Scripture readers mistakenly presume the writers composed their works for us. We need only pick up the Bible, read it and we'll instantly surface God's message. I often remind my students of the... more

Though Easter is an infinitely more significant feast than Christmas, celebrating Jesus' birth does offer some important insights into our faith. Among other things, it forces us to zero in on Jesus being one of us. If we buy into John's theology, this Galilean carpenter existed as God from all... more

Paul sets the theme for today's readings. The Apostle ends his letter to the Romans by thanking God for letting him and "all the nations" in on a "secret." By imitating Jesus' dying and rising one not only finds true fulfillment in life, but will also inherit eternal life. This is "the mystery... more

Presuming Jesus is God, it's difficult for us to conceive of him having models for his earthly ministry. Yet in chapter 4 of his gospel, Luke doesn't hesitate to have Jesus make the first part of today's Third-Isaiah reading an outline of what he plans to accomplish during his ministry.
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