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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.

  • Store Up for Yourselves Treasure in Heaven

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. It would be difficult to forget the day my house burned down. I was walking home from middle school with my friend Jeff when we turned the last corner to my neighborhood......

  • An Uncomfortable Night at the Pub

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The last two days, I was away in Baltimore for the Mid-Atlantic Congress, “The MAC.” Were any of you there? What a great annual event to share ideas about religious education and......

  • Marriage, Divorce, and God’s Unfailing Love

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Today is World Marriage Day, and it follows the promulgation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Since the document’s publication, almost all of the attention has focused......

  • A Driving Lesson and a Life Lesson: Mario’s Story

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings Some of you know that to pay the bills as I finish up my doctoral program at Boston College I teach drivers’ education for a few hours every weekend. It’s also why......

  • Catholic Schools: Fostering Catholic Identity in a Pluralistic Community

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. As we begin Catholic Schools Week, I’d like to focus on an issue that relates to the larger question of ecumenism we have been exploring. One of the big questions today in......

  • 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.......

 

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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."