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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.


Reared in the era of “catechism Catholicism,” I presumed every question about God or God’s actions in our lives had an answer. Morning after morning during my grade school religion classes, I learned all the answers the book supplied, answers geared to help me navigate through a lifetime of... more

In his lectures and writings on the Fourth Gospel, Fr. Raymond Brown always stressed the uniqueness of John’s late first century work. It not only contained narratives and sayings of Jesus found nowhere else in the Christian Scriptures, John also championed a “church structure” quite different... more

Any serious student of the Christian Scriptures quickly realizes only one of our four evangelists - Luke - describes a definitive ascension of the risen Jesus. But because we eventually created a “solemn feast” revolving around his theological insight, most of us overlook the fact that Mark,... more

If the bishops at Vatican III are moved to designate an official church insect, I trust it will be the lowly, despised cockroach. For all its bad qualities, the cockroach has one unique characteristic with which Christian can identify: its ability to constantly adapt and evolve. Entomologists... more

Did you notice? Our liturgical reading cuts 20 verses from today’s Acts passage. I suggest you go back to your bibles and read those verses. We really won’t understand Luke’s insight into the all-important Jew/Gentile issue unless we do him the favor of listening to what he actually wrote on... more

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