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Breath of the Spirit: The Wonder of One More Step

A reflection by Jeff Vomund for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time | When the Scriptures speak of faith as the Letter to the Hebrews does today, it is almost habit to think of “what” we are supposed to believe, as if having faith means believing in the “right” things. But Jesus casts faith in a very different light, instead inviting us to trust, and see the beauty in, what is right in front of us.

Breath of the Spirit: Reckoning with our Resurrected Reality

A reflection by Ann Penick for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time | So much of our cultural ethic in the United States concerns work. This can put us at odds with the preaching of Jesus. We can mistakenly think that we must strive to attain what God has freely given...

Green Bay Diocese Gender Identity Policies Prioritize Misguided Church Teaching Over Caring for the Faithful

July 19, 2022. DignityUSA, the world’s foremost organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, is strongly protesting changes to the Diocese of Green Bay’s Education Policy that are disrespectful of and harmful to transgender students, family members, employees, volunteers, and all parishioners.

Breath of the Spirit: Am I Jesus Adjacent?

A reflection by Thomas DeVoyd for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Far from shaming our love, the Sodom and Gomorrah story arc reminds us that safety and joy come for all of us only when we keep Love close...

Breath of the Spirit: The Patriarchy of Our Past?

A reflection by Marianne Seggerman for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Recently, we have come to realize some of our national and religious heroes weren’t perfect – in fact far from it – and many people seem to struggle with how to remember them...

Breath of the Spirit: What is Sparking Joy?

A reflection by delfín bautista for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | These can be dizzyingly depressing days with bad news seemingly on a non-stop loop in the news. However, today’s readings and reflection remind us that we are invited to joy, and we are invited to remember that Love has joy in us.

DignityUSA's Statement on the Dobbs v. Jackson Ruling

June 24, 2022. DignityUSA stands with the majority of U.S. Catholics who believe that access to safe and legal abortion, along with the entire range of reproductive health services, should be affirmed in our federal public policy. It is appalling to us that so many Catholic leaders have worked so long and devoted so much money to claiming a religious justification for denying the right to essential health care for so many, and in particular to control the reproductive lives of women and other people who could become pregnant.

Breath of the Spirit: For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free

A reflection by John Falcone for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time | It is easy to view Christianity as an overwhelming series of “do’s” and “don’ts,” an extended, divine recipe for earning God’s love. Today’s reflection, though, reminds us that Jesus came to free us from extrinsic demands made in God’s name.

Bishop’s Withdrawal of Catholic Identity from Nativity School “A Denial of the Gospel”

June 16, 2022⁠. Boston, MA—Bishop Robert McManus’ decree that a Worcester school can no longer identify as Catholic is a shameful denial of the Gospel, according to DignityUSA⁠—a national Boston-based organization of Catholics working for justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society.

Breath of the Spirit: What is Eucharist?

A reflection by Richard Young for Corpus Christi | Finding fault is a temptation whenever we gather, but as we celebrate the gift of Jesus in our communal meal, perhaps it is better to ask what gifts we bring to the table...

Dignity Boston Offers Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting

Dignity Boston was honored by the Boston City Council on June 8, 2022, to offer the invocation before its meeting, and was given a resolution passed by the Council honoring the chapter for its 50 years of service to the LGBTQI community and for creating a safe and welcoming place in the church.

Breath of the Spirit: Getting Comfortable in Ourselves

A reflection by Ann Marie Szpakowska for Trinity Sunday | All of us, perhaps especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, have felt uncomfortable in our own skin, or with our bodies, or our desires. This week’s celebration of the Holy Trinity reminds us that our goal is integration, to be one in ourselves even as God is One...

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