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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.


When we think about discipline, we often conjure up thoughts of being restricted from doing or experiencing things we enjoy. So we're not really excited today by the Hebrews author's remark, "Do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him." Just one more limit on... more

Real faith is real work.

Most of us join a religion as part of our growing up, often taking on the faith our parents professed. We don't have much choice. We were "brought up" in their religion.

In the late 60s I began to teach junior boys religion in one of our diocesan... more

Long before people of faith were introduced to specific dogmas and doctrines, they demonstrated their faith by how they lived their lives. Only toward the end of the period in which the Christian Scriptures were composed - especially in the "Pastoral Letters" - do we begin to hear emphasis on... more

When we're deep into a specific gospel we often forget the driving force behind Jesus' historical ministry. Though scholars consistently remind us he had no intention of founding a new religion, we often need to be reminded of what he actually tried to accomplish. Luke clearly tells us in... more

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