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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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Both Jesus and Jeremiah are depicted in today's first and third readings as fulfilling the second rule for distinguishing real prophets from fake prophets: real prophets suffer because of their ministry. But our second reading verifies the third rule: those who follow the words and example of... more

A good scriptural rule of thumb is that the bigger the problem, the more space the sacred author devotes to confronting it. When it comes to recognizing the body of the risen Christ among us, very little is said biblically about discovering that body in the Eucharistic bread and wine. On the... more

A mark of an old-time Catholic is that even after the age of 50 he or she can still recite by heart the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit they learned before Confirmation: understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, wisdom, piety and fear of the Lord.

Ever wonder where you find these... more

Probably most of us won't find out God's exact plan for us until we eventually meet God face to face. Yet, I presume the longer we live the more we catch glimpses of that plan. That appears to be the case with many of our biblical prophets.

The prophet's biblical call is always the last... more

Our ancestors in the faith celebrated the feast of Epiphany long before they celebrated Christmas.

Originally it was a three part celebration, each segment having something to do with "discovering" Jesus. The first revolved around the magi, the second, Jesus' baptism, and the third, the... more

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