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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.

We old-timers clearly remember the strong reaction when John McKenzie's book Authority in the Church hit the pews in the late 60s. Some in authority immediately labeled him a heretic, others among the faithful called him a prophet. I finished the book and simply asked, "How come I never noticed... more

Like most kids, I grew up being taught I should do good and avoid evil. For the most part, I did. But when I asked myself, “Why?” I usually came up with the answer, “I’m afraid not to do good.” Very early I learned that if I did something bad I got punished. So I choose the path of least pain.... more

Those unfamiliar with the biblical world frequently turn to today's gospel pericope to argue for two distinct realms in the world. One, the church, belongs to God; the other, the state, belongs to us humans. Neither should interfere nor cross over into the other. Nothing could be further from... more

We, who recently experienced the marriage of the heir to the British throne, will find today's gospel parable hard to understand. How could anyone ignore or reject an invitation to such a significant event? The key to understanding this parable revolves around a proper understanding of Jesus'... more

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