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  • Getting Ready for the Party!

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Do you have a favorite homemade treat? For me, it’s devil dogs. My mother used to make devil dogs from scratch that were delicious with a cold glass of milk. I say......

  • Together with the Jews in the Vineyard of the Lord

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. The readings this weekend bring us face to face, once again, with notions of supersessionism, the idea that Christianity has replaced Judaism and is the new Chosen People and People of God.......

  • The Black Flesh of Christ Crucified

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. With the current social climate in the United States around issues of race, I decided to read James Cone’s award-winning book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011).......

  • Ring the Bells: Christian Learning and Assessment

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. At my home parish of St. John’s in Worcester, something interesting happened a few years back. I noticed it one Tuesday at the daily Mass. At the moment of consecration, there were......

  • Mercy for the Immigrant and the Refugee

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The readings this week are about the contingency of forgiveness. While we might like to think that God’s mercy is unconditional, that is not what we learn from Christ and the Scriptures.......

  • Wait for the Lord with Courage

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The devastation in Houston and in the Gulf region, in the Caribbean (and likely in Florida by the time you are reading this) due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as......

  • Murder-Suicide and the Meaning of Mercy

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Last weekend, I went with a friend to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the hyped-up fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. In the tenth round, McGregor, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)......

  • No Replacing the Jews

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Some serious things have been happening in our world while I was on vacation. Neo-Nazis demonstrated on the streets in Charlottesville, VA, chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” Jews were forced to leave......

  • 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......

 

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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."