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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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With the number of Eucharists being cut drastically all over the world because of the man-made priest shortage, it might be good to look at some of the first Christian concepts of that celebration.

Early followers of the risen Jesus were so committed to the Eucharist that they even found... more

It's always difficult to comment on readings for a feast which our sacred authors knew nothing or very little about. The technical definition of the Trinity - three persons in one God - was formulated at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE, more than 200 years after our last scriptural writing took... more


I remember years ago asking my high school Scripture class what they thought about the Twelve after we'd studied Mark's entire gospel line by line. One girl raised her hand and replied, "I always thought they were important people. But they're really a bunch of dummies."

If one... more

The various authors of the Christian Scriptures present us with various beliefs about Jesus' second coming.

As we know from Paul's early letters, Jesus' first followers expected his Parousia to be just around the corner. No one thought he or she would have to imitate Jesus' dying and... more

To say the least, Luke's version of Jesus' ascension creates problems. He's the only evangelist who describes a definite departure of Jesus from the earth. (To put it in our terms: Jesus changes his zip code.) Luke's two gospel predecessors, Mark and Matthew, end their writings with the risen... more

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