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  • 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......

  • Be Not Afraid: The Development of Doctrine

    Here is a link the this Sunday’s readings. Has a particular Bible verse ever spoken so clearly to your heart that you understood exactly why this is called the Word of God? One such verse for me is Mark 5:36.......

  • A Mother’s Day Message: The Pope and A Consistent Ethic of Life

    Here is a link to today’s readings. A papal homily this past week is making news. On Thursday, Pope Francis reminded his audience of an important theological concept known as the development of doctrine. Though the pope did not use......

  • I Know My Sheep and My Sheep Know Me

    Here is a link to today’s readings. Surveys have shown that three of the biggest influences on discerning a vocation to the priesthood are family support/encouragement, a priest-mentor, and being asked the simple question, “Have you thought about becoming a......

  • The Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus

    Here is a link to this Sunday’s readings. In this third week of Easter, the Church is still celebrating the Resurrection of Christ with jubilation! As St. Augustine proclaimed, “We are Easter people and our song is Alleluia!” Two weeks......

  • His Mercy Endures Forever!

    Today is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Here is a link to today’s readings. Rooted recently in the revelations received by St. Faustina Kowalska in the 1930’s, the focus on God’s Mercy is certainly no innovation of the last century.......

  • Easter is the Feast of the Eucharist!

    Happy Easter! Here is a link to this Sunday’s readings. Easter is a Eucharistic feast. It is THE Eucharistic feast. The Eucharist has no meaning apart from Easter, and Easter is only understood in the Eucharist. One of the most......

  • Christ Emptied Himself and Took the Form of a Slave

    Today is Palm Sunday. Here is a link to the readings. In the beautiful, poetic hymn used by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, we read, “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not......

 

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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."