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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Care of Our Common Home: talks

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Blackfriars Priory recently hosted talks on “Care of Our Common Home: Reflecting on Laudato Si’”. The speakers were Dr Austen Ivereigh (Catholic Voices) and Professor Paul Younger (Rankine Chair of Engineering, University of Glasgow).  Read more

Laudato Si: Ecological Conversion

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This post builds on many of the themes highlighted by Br Luke in his post on ‘Education’ and looks through Dominican eyes at how ‘the rich heritage of Christian spirituality, the fruit of twenty centuries of personal and communal experience, has a precious contribution to make to the renewal of humanity’ (LS 216). What I take to be the Pope’s key point in this section of his encyclical is that such an ‘ecological conversion’ has to be a conversion of the entire person. It cannot be just an idea or a concept that we hold, it has to be a complete way of living. Read more

Laudato Si': Rest

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Do you have enough hours in your day? If not, you must be a busy person. So do you have time to pray? Mother Teresa said, ‘If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.' Read more

Laudato Si: Civic and Political Love

Monday, November 09, 2015

I remember in Confession a particular priest said to me that “charity is always the answer”. Charity, or caritas in Latin, is one word which is often translated simply as ‘love’ in English. St Thomas Aquinas says of caritas that it is a love extended not only to God, but also to the love of neighbour:  Read more

Laudato Si: Education

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In chapter six of Laudato Si’ Pope Francis discusses “towards a new lifestyle” and environmental education. Francis starts in §202 with “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change”. The course needs to be changed, but the path of renewal is a long one with a great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge before us.  Read more

Everyday ecology

Thursday, October 29, 2015
It is always difficult to write about individual-level changes that we can make to reduce our own impact on the environment. The fact is, everything has an environmental impact. The products we purchase, the mode of travel we take, the heating or cooling of our homes and places of work. It is not just down to individuals to respond to what Pope Francis discusses in Laudato Si’, but requires strong intervention at a government and corporate level.  Read more

Laudato Si: Human Dignity

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis employs the concept of human dignity as part of a wide appeal to all men and women. I think he does so because human dignity is something that anyone can come to recognise without faith, i.e. by the lights of human reason alone. In this post, I want to explore what human dignity means, and in particular, what it means for Christians. Read more

Laudato Si: Technological Advances

Friday, October 23, 2015
Undoubtedly the key feature that marks out our generation from previous ones is the rapid advances made in technology over the last decades.  Read more

Laudato Si: "The Common Good"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I remember well the political uproar in my youth when a Dutch bishop stated that if someone was too poor to feed her children, she could steal a loaf of bread.  Read more

Laudato Si: "Global Inequality"

Sunday, October 18, 2015
We live in a world marked by gross inequality. 
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