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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.

No religion can claim to be rooted in biblical faith if "social justice" isn't at the top of its "to do list." Jesus of Nazareth didn't go town to town, synagogue to synagogue teaching people how to set up an institution, shape an authority structure or build houses of worship. Wherever he went... more

On a recent radio program, I learned that when someone asks, "How are you?" you're simply to respond, "Fine. How are you?" Unless you're speaking with your doctor or some other medical personnel, you're to presume the questioner really isn't interested in your actual physical or mental well-... more

Though every line of Scripture was written by Semitic thinkers, today almost everyone who reads and comments on this sacred collection are Greek thinkers. Among other things, that means we're "analyzing" words of "synthesizers." We Greek-minded individuals mentally tear things apart when we... more

Every three years I encourage liturgical presiders to have their lectors proclaim Paul's entire letter to Philemon today. It's only 25 verses, much smaller than many of the Lenten gospel passages from John. In the long run it'll save time. You won't have to give lots of background for the... more

I learned in my grade school religion classes that to be humble simply means to be honest. God never expects us to deny the gifts or talents we have. We're just not to think more of ourselves than we should. This concept of honesty coincides not only with the first lines of our Sirach reading,... more

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