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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.

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A friend recently told me that at one point during a parish council meeting she referred to Jesus being Jewish. Her remark caused another member of the council to blurt out, "He wasn't a Jew, was he?"

In this age of widespread religious education, it's hard to imagine the historical... more

Someone once mentioned that a real music connoisseur is a person who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger. In a parallel way, a real Scripture student is someone who can listen to today's Isaiah 7 passage and not think of Jesus of Nazareth.

During... more

Years ago some of my high school students presented me with a banner sporting a large image of Santa Claus against a green background and John's question from today's gospel printed in red letters under the picture. "Are you 'the one who is to come' or should we look for another?"

In... more

Isaiah sets the theme for today's celebration by passing on Yahweh's promise, "There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of Yahweh as water covers the sea." To biblically know something or someone means much more than just having an... more

Anticipation is an essential part of biblical faith. But it goes far deeper than just our liturgical anticipation of Christmas. None of today's readings originally had anything to do with Jesus' birth. They simply reflect a basic belief that Yahweh or the risen Jesus will enter our everyday... more

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