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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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Out of all the fears we humans experience, research shows the greatest is the fear of being alone. Many of our other fears disappear or lessen when someone else is around sharing them with us.

We see this in our three Agony in the Garden passages. Jesus begs his companions to “... more

One of the most important lines in Scripture is part of today’s first reading. “Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, Yahweh, your God am holy.”

Matthew’s Jesus parallels that line with this Sermon on the Mount command, “Be... more

A tremendous change happens in biblical faith a century before Jesus’ birth: Pharisees begin to believe in an afterlife. Before that, Yahweh’s people limited their faith to this world. Though they scrupulously kept the 613 laws of Moses, they didn’t do so to get into heaven, but to have a... more

It’s significant that today’s gospel pericope comes immediately after last week’s passage on the beatitudes. Both comprise Matthew’s introduction to his well-known, but rarely-practiced Sermon on the Mount. Before Matthew’s Jesus lays down the law, the evangelist wants his readers to... more

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