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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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Sometimes Luke - the author of Acts - oversimplifies very complicated issues and events. Today's first reading provides us with a classic example.

Some have referred to this first century gathering of the Jerusalem church as the first ecumenical council. But historically, it... more

I always reminded my high school marriage course students, "There's no one action that everywhere, to all people, always shows love." Because love revolves around giving ourselves to others, we're dealing with two "variables:" ourselves and the others. No two people are exactly alike; no two... more

Every biblical author works from an agenda: an idea which has been spinning around in his or her head long before stylus is put to papyrus. Almost always, something has happened in the community for which they write, something which needs an answer, or at least a little clarification. As I've... more

Johannine scholars are convinced John's gospel once ended in chapter 20. Today's pericope is from chapter 21: an addition to his original gospel. Without getting into the reasons someone tacked one more chapter onto the first 20, many of these same scholars contend that today's story of Jesus'... more


Though scholars presume the actual numbers of early converts to Christianity given in the Acts of the Apostles are somewhat exaggerated, there's no doubt the immediate followers of Jesus demonstrated their faith in such a way that many joined in their decision to become other Christs.... more

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