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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.


After teaching Scripture as a Catholic priest for over 40 years, I'm convinced one of the reasons relatively few Catholics are turned on by Scripture springs from a disconnect between what the "official" church expects of us and what our sacred authors expect.

I grew up learning my only... more

We can't properly understand our Christian gospels unless we appreciate how each evangelist takes his community beyond the comfort zone it's already achieved in its faith.

Last April's death of Krister Stendahi has prompted me to reflect on some of his valuable insights into this... more

Meaningful symbols of faith force us to go deeper into our faith. A good sign always leads us beyond the sign itself. And especially when it’s a faith sign, it leads us to explore the contradictions which true faith brings to our life.

The only problem we have with today’s feast is to... more

Our biblical authors deliberately choose their words. Before the rise of redaction criticism 50 years ago, translators weren't always too scrupulous in rendering identical terms used in two different passages by the same author in the same way. For instance, though John employs the same... more

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