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Breath of the Spirit: Seeking Gratitude...and Patience

Don’t we always wonder with Jesus, “What happened to the ‘other nine’?” We instinctively assume that we would have made the time to return. Perhaps we would have, but so often in our own lives, the gratitude we intended to express gets buried in a barrage of busyness. Today’s reflection invites us to prioritize our thankfulness, trusting that the more gratitude we express, the more we will notice even more reasons to be grateful.

Breath of the Spirit: Serving God in Our Commitment to Discernment and Kindness

In today’s gospel, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. Today’s reflection interrogates what that might mean, particularly in the context of oppressive Church structures and personal hardships. No simple (or simplistic) answers emerge, but instead we are encouraged to continue to serve our God in our discernment of what love looks like when we care for those right in front of us.

Breath of the Spirit: The Costs of Looking Away

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing.” So goes the familiar anecdote. This aphorism suggests how easy it can be to look away from the evils that surround us so that we don’t really even see them. Jesus – and today’s reflection – however, demand that we do, in fact, notice the suffering in our midst: the human beings who have less than they need or deserve. We are reminded, and not so gently, that we are held responsible for that which (and those whom) we choose to ignore.

Breath of the Spirit: Immersing Ourselves in Service and Text

So often the writers for Breath of the Spirit lead us through an excellent reflection on the Sunday’s readings, but today’s missive instead invites you, or rather God’s Spirit working in you, to be the leader. Using an Ignatian form of lectio divina, or sacred reading, we are invited to imagine ourselves immersed in one of the Scriptural stories. As you open your heart and find yourself somewhere in that world, who knows what you will discover – other than the always outpouring Divine Love already there, expectantly awaiting your arrival.

Solidarity Sunday: October 9, 2022

Wear a rainbow ribbon every day to show your support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons!

Even with the progress made in LGBTQ+ civil rights the past few years, we still need Solidarity Sunday! Solidarity Sunday is a faith-based anti-violence initiative. We understand that most Catholics are appalled by anti-LGBTQ+ attacks and DignityUSA initiated Solidarity Sunday in 1995 as a way of making our opposition to anti-LGBTQ+ violence visible. This program is not limited to Catholics, but all people! 

Breath of the Spirit: A Reconciliation Within Reach

It is tempting these days to ruminate on the divisions and difficulties in our world. But this weekend’s reflection invites us to recognize all the possibilities for reconciliation that surround us. If we realize that God’s love is always within reach (indeed, within us), we recognize that reconnection requires only one small step toward forgiveness.

Sign the Petition: We demand Omaha Archdiocese revoke its anti-trans policy

The Archdiocese of Omaha recently released a new policy outlined in “Pastoral Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria.” This policy, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023, is extremely harmful to transgender and nonbinary individuals and their loved ones and will negatively impact the 19,000 students enrolled in 70 Catholic schools across the archdiocese. 

Breath of the Spirit: At What Cost?

Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” And yet today’s gospel describes discipleship in ways that seem neither. Our reflection today invites us to hear Jesus’s shocking phrases through a different lens: as a call to rid ourselves of our attachments; to free ourselves from the burdens of our bigotries and angers. Luke’s Jesus lets us know that this transformation will not be easy. It will cost us. The easy part comes after, when we get to move in the world less encumbered by the weight of our own baggage.

Breath of the Spirit: Who Is Welcome at Our Tables?

One of the clearest examples Jesus offers his followers is an expansive table fellowship. It seems that Jesus would eat with anyone. It is ironic and sad, then, that subsequent generations of disciples have struggled so mightily with welcoming people. It is easy to point fingers, but what of our own lack of welcoming? Today’s reflection invites us to consider not only how Catholics and Christians can be more open to others, but also how we might be.

Archdiocese of Omaha Policy Endangers Vulnerable Transgender Youth

August 25, 2022. DignityUSA, the world’s foremost organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, strongly condemns the Archdiocese of Omaha’s new policy as outlined in “Pastoral Guidelines for Gender Dysphoria.” This policy, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023, is extremely harmful to transgender and nonbinary individuals and their loved ones and will negatively impact the 19,000 students enrolled in 70 Catholic schools across the archdiocese.

Breath of the Spirit: If We Journey, Then We Can Hope

About one-quarter of Luke’s gospel is taken up by Jesus’ journey from Galilee to Jerusalem where, like the previous prophets of Israel, he is destined to die. Jesus does not pull punches along the way – the journey will be difficult at times, and it will end in suffering and death. However, the journey also offers us hope. If we are willing to change our own direction, we too may walk in the footsteps of the Messiah. Even though we  may not have been with Jesus at the beginning, we always have to opportunity to walk along the Way.

Breath of the Spirit: Authentic Love: The Fire that Separates also Gathers

Today’s scriptures remind us the love that gathers also separates. Love has consequences. When our selfishness gets in the way, we can distance ourselves from the call and community of Love, but this is never our destiny. Instead, authentic discipleship always invites and develops authentic community. Each of today’s readings reminds us that authenticity is not easy, but it is less of a burden – and more rewarding – when we practice it together.

 

August 14, 2022: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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