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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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It’s no accident the story of the magi is found only in Matthew’s gospel. His community alone would have appreciated the message he conveys by including this unique narrative in his work. Mark, Luke, and John write for Gentile Christians. Matthew writes for Jewish Christians.

Since... more

In a recent article in America magazine, Daniel Harrington reviewed John Meier’s fourth volume of his monumental study of the historical Jesus: Jesus, a Marginal Jew. At the end of his favorable comments, Harrington states that Meier’s research is so important that his four books should be on... more

Those of us who frequently participated in the Eucharist before the 1960s can probably recite much of today’s gospel pericope by heart. It once was the “last gospel” of every Eucharist. But since the number of those who participated in Eucharists before the 1960s is rapidly diminishing, the vast... more

Just as memorable movies employ theme music to highlight important people or events, our evangelists employ certain catch phrases of statements to pinpoint the themes of their gospels. Luke, for instance, wants his readers to be good disciples of Jesus. He believes there’s one basic way to... more

To appreciate our regular Advent readings, it might help to have a split personality. When Paul, for instance, reminds the Philippian community, “The Lord is near!” he’s talking about something quite different from John the Baptizer’s statement, “ . . . One mightier than I is coming.” Though... more

Except for such unique writings as Paul’s letters, the vast majority of our Sacred Scriptures were composed years, even centuries after the events they narrate took place. The interval between the events and the biblical text provided their authors with something very valuable: the ability to... more

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