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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.

I grew up hearing lots of “apocalyptic” sermons. Based on “external circumstances” - especially after we learned about atomic bombs - there was a fear the whole world could one day be wiped out. Our pastor frequently employed that fear to warn us about God’s anger. According to his theology, God... more

Growing up Catholic, I once thought I had no need to convert. I simply believed that in order to get into heaven all I had to do was to keep on doing what I had already been doing all my life, just doing it a little more intently as I got older.

Then I began studying Scripture.

I... more

I was always taught that if you can’t define something, you don’t know it. Often my grade and high school teachers would benignly smile at those students who claimed, “I know it, but I can’t put it into words,” then immediately declare their response, “Wrong!” Much later I learned that if the “... more

Early Christians wouldn’t have understood our practice of displaying crucifixes depicting a suffering Jesus. It wasn’t that they didn’t believe Jesus suffered and died for us. But, when they wanted to create a symbol which conveyed the meaning of that unique event, putting a suffering Jesus on a... more

It’s impossible to correctly understand the message our sacred authors are trying to convey without appreciating the necessity of community. These inspired writers couldn’t have imagined a “rugged individualist” reading their writings. All their theologies revolve around our relations with... more

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