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Welcome to the Word is Life!

Greetings, Everybody!
I hope you enjoy this new weekly blog. I am sure we can get some good discussions going.

  • Be Not Afraid: Light and Peace in a Troubled World

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. There is so much going on this weekend. A new president has been inaugurated. Protests of his presidency, especially marches for women’s rights, have swelled across the nation and on all seven......

  • Finest of the Finest: Forgiveness in the Heart the NYPD

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. One of my heroes died this past week. Many of you know him as well, and I am sure that I’m not alone in my admiration for Detective Steven McDonald of the......

  • Migrant Brothers and Sisters Following the Same Star

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. When I was in college, I took a Jazz class that met every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in a concert hall. Every Friday was a live concert. (I am still amazed at......

  • Peace and the Unity of All Christians

    Here is a link to today’s readings. I wonder if you have a story similar to this: when my parents went on their honeymoon, they traveled to London, but they didn’t visit Westminster Abbey because it was a Protestant church......

  • Christmas: The Call and Response of Love

    Here is a link to the various readings for Christmas. Christmas carols help us to remember the most important thing about Christmas: God entered into human history to save us from sin. In almost every song, we are called to......

  • Mary, Star of the Sea

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Advent is always a reminder of things past, present, and future. We look back to the promises God made to Israel, fulfilled so marvelously at the birth of Christ: “The virgin shall......

  • Fear Not! I Bring You Good News

    Here is a link to today’s readings. Rejoice! It is the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday. The liturgical color switches from purple to rose, as we focus not on the pain of waiting but on the joy of expectation.......

  • Tragedy and Advent Hope

    Here is a link to today’s readings. I can’t stop thinking about the news from November 28th that LaMia flight 2933 crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people and leaving only 6 survivors. The flight was transporting the Brazilian soccer team,......

  • Beating Swords into Ploughshares

    Here is a link to today’s readings. “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there” are words from a song by Bob Dylan that capture the beginning of Advent.  As we enter into longer, dark nights in the northern hemisphere,......

  • The Kingdom of Mercy

    Here is a link to today’s readings. The Solemnity of Christ the King also marks the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. So how did we do? Let’s take a look back at Pope Francis’ bull Misericordiae Vultus (“The......

  • Cozy Catholicism

    Here is a link to today’s readings. The election is finally over! So many people have echoed this sentiment of relief recently. It was a bitter election after all, a divisive and vitriolic campaign. Even the aftermath isn’t pretty. Some......

  • Death and Taxes (or Elections)

    Here is a link to today’s readings. The theme of this week’s readings is the resurrection of the dead. It is quite apropos for a Sunday that falls between All Souls Day and Election Day. We all know the terrible......

 

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About the author

Kevin Dowd holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University and a master's in religious education from the former Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (IREPM) at Boston College. Currently, Kevin is a Ph.D. student in theology and education at Boston College in the School of Theology and Ministry. ​A member of St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester, Kevin also teaches Catholic Social Teaching at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA as an adjunct professor in theology. Kevin speaks at various conferences throughout the U.S. on many topics, including his popular, "Using the Bully Pulpit: A Christian Ministerial Response to the Violence of Bullying in our Schools."