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  • They Were All in One Place Together

    Here is a link to the readings for this weekend. Pentecost is the feast of unity. It is both historical, as, for example, when the Holy Spirit brought unity of understanding that transcended verbal confusion. It is also eschatological, portending......

  • The Center is Love – My Vocation is Love!

    Here is a link to the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Here is a link to the readings for Ascension Sunday (or Thursday in some places). When my mother was born, my grandmother was singing, “You are my......

  • Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. With May crownings, rosary devotions, and liturgical celebrations, the month of May focuses our attention on Mary, the Theotόkos, the Mother of God. To reflect on Mary, though, is at once to......

  • Confirmed in the Spirit

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. On Friday, I was honored to be the sponsor for my goddaughter Kelsey’s Confirmation. She took the name Michael, after St. Michael the Archangel, protector of police. We do have more than......

  • Vocations: The Power of the Powerless

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a day chosen because it is also Good Shepherd Sunday. In the first reading, Peter mentions “a good deed done to a cripple.”......

  • Running Without Fear

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Tomorrow is Marathon Monday in Boston. I’m not a marathon runner, nor do I aspire to be. When I was in high school I learned about Pheidippides, the runner who announced “Nike!”......

  • Would They Recognize Us?

    Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Whenever today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles is proclaimed at Mass, I can’t help wondering whether the early followers of The Way would recognize today’s Christians. Let’s take an inventory.......

  • Magic and the Resurrection of Christ

    Here is a link to the Easter Vigil Readings. Here is a link to the readings for Easter Day. From the time I was a kid, I loved magic. The best gift anyone could give me was a magic kit......

  • He Sent Two of His Disciples

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Recently, I attended a community theater production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town. (It is being performed frequently this year in honor of its 80th anniversary.) In Act II, Mrs.......

  • Like Sands Through the Hourglass

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. “Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.” Those of you who follow soap operas will recognize that sentence right away. I have never watched soaps, but......

  • The American Babylonian Captivity

    Don’t forget to Spring Ahead this weekend! Here is a link to this week’s readings. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead and 14 injured, mostly teenagers. Again, the nation is mourning, and families and friends are......

  • Taking the Temple to the People

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. When the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., it seemed to the early Christians to confirm the passing of the Old Law and the inauguration of the New, which required no......

 

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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."