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Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Now is the time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today’s Gospel would suggest that the saying ‘It’s never too late’ is actually not true. Read more

St. Teresa of Avila and the Red Flag

Saturday, October 15, 2016
It would be a terrible mistake to consider the testimony of this woman simply as such, the testimony of a woman, even though in current times nothing will be better guarantee of literary success. Teresa doesn’t need to be a woman to reach incredible fame in the public arena, for her… only God is enough. The great Carmelite Doctor and stubborn reformer of the custom of her Order cannot be trap in a net of ideological terminology and for that reason St Teresa never will be the patrimony of anyone. She is God’s alone.    Read more

Speaking the Truth in Love - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The accusations levelled at the pharisees by Jesus can just as easily be asked of us: are we sincere and faithful in following God’s commandments? Is our religious practice one which buffs up the outside of the cup, leaving the inside tainted and impure? Asking these questions of ourselves can ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes as the pharisees, but can also tell us something about how we are to speak the truth to others.  Read more

The 2016-2017 Godzdogz team

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new academic year dawns, which also means new additions to the Godzdogz team.   Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Today's Gospel presents us with an abbreviated form of the series of petitions that we call the Our Father. The longer, more familiar form, is found in the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew's Gospel (6:5-13). Matthew’s Our Father has seven petitions whereas Luke's has five. When faced with two non-identical texts, we are bound to ask why the difference? Read more

Golden Jubilee celebrations in Oxford

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Thursday evening, the brethren of the priory in Oxford celebrated the golden jubilee of profession of brothers David Sanders (until very recently, the Student Master), Simon Tugwell, and Timothy Radcliffe. Read more

Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is the Angel's share? In the process of making whisky, barley is milled and then mixed with yeast and water.  Read more

Following Christ, no 'ifs', no 'buts' - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Things Jesus never said: ‘Finish up what you’re doing, and, when it’s more convenient for you, follow me!’ No, the time is now and nothing is to be preferred to following Christ at this very moment: neither goodbyes, nor the burying of the dead. Read more

Solemn Professions 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yesterday in Oxford the English Province witnessed and celebrated the solemn professions of four of our brothers (and all contributors to Godzdogz): Toby Lees, Luke Doherty, Samuel Burke, and Jordan Scott. Read more

Ethics of nuclear energy

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Nuclear power is a hot topic in the media at the moment, as our old power stations (coal as well as nuclear) are ageing and need to be closed in the next few years. This will mean less and less generating capacity to maintain national electricity supplies. Fewer stations mean at some point in the near future there will be a risk of power cuts. At the same time, we need to have secure and affordable energy supplies, whilst reducing carbon emissions. Building new nuclear power stations is, broadly speaking, a moral issue. The main ethical problem with nuclear energy (even with strict operational safety) is the stewardship of nuclear waste. Future generations may not have the technology to safely contain or dispose of highly radioactive waste, and theologically it would be immoral to adopt a view that we should leave the problem to future generations.
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