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Quodlibets: Send us your questions!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Quodlibets | The Student Brothers are resuming a series in which they respond to readers' own questions Read more

Quodlibet 37: Why Eternity?

Sunday, May 18, 2014
One Godzdogz reader recently sent in an email including many fascinating questions on the topic of Eternity, especially in terms of what the afterlife will be like. The questions ranged from heaven, perfection, theosis, and the beatific vision, to hell, annihilation, and our inability to run or hide from God. I'm happy to replicate my response here under the general question: Read more

Quodlibet 36: What does the celibacy of Christ tell us about the hierarchy of Christian vocations?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Quodlibet 35-How Can Anything Exist Apart From an Infinite Being?

Friday, November 04, 2011
The laws of identity and non-contradiction say that a being, at any given moment, is either X or Y, not X and Y (if X and Y are opposites). Now, it is of the very identity of infinity to be limitless; thus, how can anything exist apart from an infinite Being, who "fills" existence up totally by being infinite? The Divine Substance is infinite, so how can there be any other substance than the Divine Substance, consisting in and of those Three blessed Persons? Does the existence of beings other than the infinite Being not contradict the law of identity for the infinite Being? If one Being is of infinite immensity, there can be no other beings... infinite or finite!

Let me start by trying to summarise your position: First, you asked, “how can anything exist apart from an infinite Being?” Secondly, you argued that the laws of logic and the nature of existence suggest that it is not possible for anything else to exist if an infinite being exists. Thirdly, you concluded that such a position was both counter-intuitive and incompatible with the Catholic religion. Clearly, it’s the second point that’s crucial. It’s your application of the laws of logic and your reflection on the nature of existence that lead to the conclusion that if an infinite being exists nothing else can exist. Let’s look at your second point then.  Read more

Quodlibet 34 - The differences between Dominicans and Franciscans?

Monday, February 07, 2011
We have been asked to explain the differences between the Dominicans and Franciscans. Brother Andrew Brookes writes as follows in response to this request:

I think for the most part it is best to locate any differences in the context of what we hold in common, points which are far more substantial. Thus both orders were started in the opening years of the 13th century in southern Europe. Both are said to be friars, meaning brothers. In simple terms both were inspired by the desire to live the apostolic life in following Jesus. Thus they wanted both to live in community (in fraternity), owning things in common and having a shared prayer life, but also to go out and preach the gospel, living simply and trusting God to provide for their needs. As such they were not to be monks who traditionally stayed within a monastery, but they adapted monastic life to combine it with apostolic mission. Again, in both cases a central group of consecrated men arose but linked to this were enclosed women who prayed for the work and a wider network of lay people. (Active women religious were added to each later in their histories.) Both are Roman Catholic groups approved by the papacy and now international in distribution. Although Francis is remembered for his love of creation, this also marked Dominic and his followers who were committed to defending the goodness of all creation and also human nature against the Cathars. Both groups now undertake a wide range of apostolates.
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Quodlibet 33 - The date of St Thomas' feast

Friday, January 28, 2011
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Quodlibet 32 - Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Sunday, July 04, 2010
A Godzdogz reader asks about the connections between the theological and the cardinal virtues. Read more

Quodlibet 31 - FAQs about the Dominican habit

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Godzdogz has received a range of questions about the form and colour of the Dominican habit, when and how it is worn, and who may use it. This post will attempt to answer these questions.
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Quodlibet 25 - Happy Dominicans?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A Godzdogz reader has asked us: which qualities make a person successful or happy in their Dominican life? Read more

Quodlibet 24 - Celibacy

Friday, June 11, 2010
What do you think of the norm of the Roman Catholic Church which asks each man called to priesthood to take also a promise of celibacy? Are there reasons to change this nowadays? What happens if a priest after his ordination falls deeply in love and wishes to marry? Read more
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