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Breath of the Spirit

Pastoral, Liturgical, Teaching, and Social Justice Moments brought to you by www.DignityUSA.org.

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This weekend we're introduced to Scripture's classic curmudgeon, Qoheleth. Though this author of Ecclesiastes is a believing Jew, he isn't a fan of some of the other authors of the Hebrew Scriptures. He's especially critical of any writer who claims that Yahweh always rewards the good and... more

In many ways, today's first reading is just a continuation of last week's message on hospitality. Scripture scholars are convinced the "outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah" concerns, not the practice of same sex actions, but the community's refusal to offer hospitality to strangers, epitomized by... more

Though it's not "good form" to begin a biblical commentary by mentioning what a text doesn't say, it might be necessary to do so in the case of today's gospel pericope.

Our well-known Martha/Mary story wasn't created by Luke to highlight the superiority of the "contemplative" life over... more

One of the most difficult things we encounter in our lives of faith is taking the "other worldly" things we learn about and putting them into "this world."

The author of today's Deuteronomy passage confronted that very problem. That seems to be why he created this well-known instruction... more

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