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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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There's a good reason the story of the magi's unexpected visit to Bethlehem is told only in Matthew's gospel. He's the one evangelist who writes for Jewish Christians, the one evangelist whose community had problems with non-Jews becoming Christians.

Though there were three basic changes... more

Perhaps Linus van Pelt's best-known quote is, "I love mankind; its people I can't stand." By actually saying it out loud, the famous Peanuts cartoon character hit a resonant cord in all of us. It's easy for us to generically love the human race; but at times it's hard as blazes for us to love... more

One of the most difficult things for Christians to do on this day is to keep focused on the basics of our faith.

We concentrate so much on Jesus' birth that we forget both that the gospel infancy narratives were the last part of those writings to take shape and that Christmas itself wasn... more

My Scripture students always know what the first question will be on every exam I give: What's the difference between exegesis and eisegesis? I figure if they can't correctly make the distinction between the two, there's no way they can pass a course in the Bible.

The answer isn't... more

One of the problems we face during Advent is that many of the liturgical readings we employ give the impression that something is still to come which is already here, or at least should be here.

When, for instance, we today hear Isaiah comforting his people with the assurance that Yahweh... more

One of my Scripture professors at St. Louis University, Fr. Frank Cleary, was one of the first Americans to travel to the Soviet Union in the 70s when that highly secretive country opened its doors to tourists. When he returned, we pumped him with questions about his experiences. He mentioned... more

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