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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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One of the reasons some Christians have difficulty appreciating the Hebrew Scriptures is that it’s not exactly a good old fashion Lives of the Saints. Rarely do we find anyone “canonizable” among its characters. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob don’t hesitate to lie when a favorable occasion presents... more

Thankfully those who determined our weekend Scripture readings have followed last week’s Marcan passage narrating Jesus’ first prediction of his passion, death and resurrection with his second prediction. (We won’t hear the third for four weeks.) Just as Peter’s comments after the first... more

Today’s second reading conjures up the great I6 century debate between reformers and the Catholic church. Following Paul, the reformers contended that salvation comes from faith; quoting James, the church argued it comes from works. Historically, the debate ended shortly after Vatican II when... more

Some years ago HBO presented an Easter Sunday program on miracles. To the chagrin of some viewers, most of the program debunked several prominent Christian miracle workers. But close to the end, the announcer said, “Now we’ll take you to a place where miracles really happen: Lourdes.”
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