For the Life of the World is an online resource dedicated to conversation about and convergence with the Church’s history and liturgy. Further, we work with parishes and non-profits to develop content and communication strategy.
The name originates from the words of Christ in the “Bread of Life Discourse” found John 6:51: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” This powerful phrase is also the title of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s book on sacramental theology, in which he walks readers through the heavenly journey of the Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy. This short statement echos the many passages in the canon of the Mass, in which the partaking of the presence of Christ is both contemplated and consumed—”that He may dwell in us, and we in Him.”
Inspired by the “New Evangelization” and in the spirit of new media, this site takes cues from Breaking in the Habit, 10 Minute Bible Hour, Ascension Presents, and more.
Who's Behind the Site?
Hello! I'm currently a student, grad assistant, and fellow at the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies Department. Before moving to the Twin Cities, I wrote my thesis at Dallas Theological Seminary on "mere" sacramental theology, focusing on the Eucharist and the robustness of ancient Christian practices.
My current research interests are within the subjects of social theory, psychology of religion, church history, sacramental theology, and liturgical theology. You can read more about my academic work at williamsipling.com.