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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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We humans constantly work at being in control of our lives. We’re not only comfortable scheduling almost every minute of our day; many of us even attempt to map out the entire course of our careers. If we have a destiny in life, it’s to be one of our own making. To say the least, we’re goal... more

One of the main points Fr. John O’Malley makes in his recent book, What Happened at Vatican II, is that the conciliar bishops had to deal with the possibility of development or evolution in official church teachings. Things that before 1962 we never thought would change were suddenly in danger... more

I begin every course on gospels by stating, “Gospels aren’t biographies of Jesus.” No evangelist provides us with a life history of Jesus of Nazareth. Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were more interested in pointing out the implications of Jesus’ dying and rising for our own lives of dying and... more

For reasons I have no time or space to discuss now, someone (either the original author or a new writer) added chapter 21 to John’s original 20 chapters. In so doing, he or she fortunately preserved and passed on one of the earliest accounts of a post-resurrection appearance of Jesus.
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(Though all nine readings should be proclaimed tonight, because of space limits, I can only comment on four.) The practice in some parishes of streamlining tonight’s liturgy by proclaiming a mere handful of the nine readings is, among other things, a sign we’ve yet to understand Scripture’s... more

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