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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 reason the magi narrative is found in Matthew and no other gospel. Only Matthew writes for a Jewish/Christian community. The other three evangelists write for Gentile/Christians.

It’s essential to understand the magi aren’t kings. (Try to pretend you’re some place else if... more

Things don’t always work out as planned, even for biblical families. If our image of the “Holy Family” was created by the holy cards we were exposed to as children instead of the scriptural picture of them, we’re really in trouble. “Things” simply weren’t as ideal as the holy cards implied.... more

I have a friend who every Christmas sets up two nativity scenes under her family tree. One is a stable with the new-born Jesus lying in a feed trough; Mary, Joseph, animals and shepherd gather round the baby while angels hover overhead. The other is a house with a large picture window through... more

Though it follows a valid biblical theology to occupy ourselves “doing good things for God,” at times it’s just as valid to sit back and reflect on what good things God has done for us, even before we started doing good things for God. Today’s three readings zero in on that theology.
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In the earliest Christian writing we possess, I Thessalonians, Paul proclaims one of Christianity’s earliest guidelines: “Do not despise prophetic utterance!” We know from I Corinthians 14 that prophecy is the Holy Spirit’s prerequisite gift for forming a Christian community. The Apostle... more

During a reflection day I was privileged to give several months ago for retired priests of the Peoria, IL diocese, the discussion turned to a topic haunting many older priests. We’ve spent much of our ministry preaching and living the reforms of Vatican II. Now as we grow old we see many recently... more
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