Given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri

In the Old Testament, when we encounter the idea of breath, we should think of the Holy Spirit. The breath of God (ruah) moved above the waters at creation. Mary became the tabernacle of God through the breath of the Holy Spirit. Jesus breathed on the disciples after the resurrection. And Saint John the Baptist refers to himself by what he does – a voice crying out in the wilderness. To have voice, we need breath. In a broken world, how often to we share the joy of our relationship with Jesus? For that is the cause of real joy.

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