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  • Missionary Disciples and Heralds of Good News

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. At a conference recently, I brought an acorn along with me and kept it in my pocket. When the appropriate point in the talk arrived, I took out the acorn and reminded......

  • The Pedagogy of Divine Love

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Several years ago, when I was teaching middle school math, I learned an important lesson about curriculum. There are larger goals and objectives that may not be immediately obvious in any given......

  • Social Media Last Judgment

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. Our Gospel reading is taken from Matthew 25, where Jesus describes the Last Judgment, a scene that many artists have rendered over the years,......

  • Recognizing a Thief in the Night

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. The weather in Massachusetts has been unseasonably warm this fall, and so it was perfect for a boat ride with a friend last month, even though it was a mid-October Sunday evening.......

  • Messengers of Hope and Resurrection

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. As a ninth grader, I encountered the story of Romeo and Juliet for the first time. Of course, I had heard the names Romeo and Juliet applied to teenage couples caught up......

  • Humility and the Death Penalty

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. There is an insightful Peanuts comic strip in which Charlie Brown says to Snoopy, “I hear you’re writing a book on theology. I hope you have a good title.” Snoopy thinks to......

  • The Reformation: 500 Years Later

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. Hallowe’en this year will be the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On that day in 1517, according to what may be a legend, Martin Luther nailed his 95......

  • One God or Many One Gods?

    Here is a link to this week’s readings. An important transition in Judeo-Christian-Islamic history took place during the Axial Age, when true monotheism appeared on the scene. Prior to this, the tribes of Israel worshiped the God of Abraham, but......

  • 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......

 

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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."