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  • On vacation

    Dear friends and readers, I am taking a little vacation time this summer. The TWIL Blog will return August 27th. Peace always, Kevin...

  • Hearing the Voice of God

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. When I was a counselor at Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake in Maine a few years back, I was walking fast (as I usually do) up the trail from the water to......

  • Wisdom for Peace and Unity

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Continuing with our theme of joining Jesus in His prayer for unity and promoting unity through our words and actions, today we come to the gift of wisdom. St. Benedict provided us......

  • A Key Strategy for Promoting Unity

    Here is a link to today’s readings. The very first word in the ancient Rule of St. Benedict is “Listen.” “Incline the ear of your heart (Proverbs 4:20)” he wrote. In a monastic community, listening was the beginning of the......

  • That They All May Be One

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. In last week’s blog, I shared Robert Fulghum’s hide-n-seek story and attempted to give one possible explanation for the hiddenness of God. Fulghum, though, does not end with hide-n-seek. He writes, “Better......

  • Why Does God Remain Hidden?

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Do you remember the great book by Robert Fulghum that was popular twenty-five years ago called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? There was a story in that collection......

  • Let Freedom Ring!

    Here is a link to today’s readings. We have powerful words about the sacrament of baptism from St. Paul this week. “Brothers and sisters,” he said, “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into......

  • From the Rooftops!

    Here is a link to today’s readings. Have I shared with you my pet peeve before? It occurs all-to-often at sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem. The singer reaches the powerful high note at the words “O’er......

  • Do This In Memory of Me

    Here is a link to today’s readings. The Christian religion was known to its original followers as The Way. It is the way of a good life, the way of peace and justice, the way of mercy and compassion, the......

  • No Salvation Outside the Church

    Here is a link to today’s readings. When I was a little boy, I was convinced that the term for cutting the grass was “lowing the mawn.” In my young mind, I imagined the “mawn” must be the grass, and......

  • The Spirit Blows Where It Wills

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. A good friend of mine retired a few years back as Director of Religious Education (DRE) at her local parish. Having spent her career in the ministry of faith formation, retirement hit......

  • Laughing, Crying, Praying: Come, O Holy Spirit!

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. A delightful story from this week involves Pope Francis teasing a nun he has known for years, named Mother Rosangela, in Genoa, Italy. Clearly full of love and friendship, the pope told......

 

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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."