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Godzdogz

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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I believe in creation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the purpose of living? What is the point of living? Why would God create the world? All of these questions have the same answer: Love. Read more

I believe in God.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

If we were to travel back to the origins of the very first city the first sign of its emergence would be a simple structure. The first time that human beings left a permanent mark on the landscape for a purpose other than mere subsistence or housing would be a little shelter within which is a raised platform.  Read more

A new term is underway!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

A new term is underway at Blackfriars and the student brothers have been joined by three new brothers. Read more

Jesus, St. Augustine and Politics

Monday, June 18, 2018

There is a distinction we can make between those in ‘public life’ such as politicians and celebrities and ‘the rest of us’ but this can be an unhelpful distinction. It can imply the Christian faith is part of one’s private life rather than one’s public life. Alternatively, we can think it is the duty of Christian politicians to fight our case whilst doing nothing in our personal day-to-day encounters. It implies one’s faith can be put aside for one’s politics. This cannot be so.  Read more

Entering into the ‘Spirit of the the Liturgy' with Guardini.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Guardini described the liturgy as a ‘sphere which is in a special sense free from purpose’ and a type of ‘spiritual world in which the soul can live according to the requirements of its nature.’ It is a ‘playful thing’ in which those gathered for the liturgy can be said to be at play—homo ludens—in the presence of God; it is like children’s play—it is ‘not there to achieve an end’ but is an end in and of itself. But if liturgy is play, then how does one ‘play’? Read more

Navigating Secular Culture as a Christian

Monday, May 21, 2018

As a Dominican student brother, I have lived in the cities of San Francisco, Berkley, and now Oxford, all three of which can be characterized as rather secular cultures.  Read more

Gaudete et Exultate

Monday, May 14, 2018

In his recent apostolic exhortation Gaudete et exultate, our Holy Father Francis reflects on the everyday simplicity of the beatitudes as a way of ordering our lives towards holiness, describing holiness as ‘the most attractive face of the Church’ (Gaudete et exultate, §9).  Read more

Psalms: Personal or Communal?

Monday, May 07, 2018

Much is still unknown about the origin of the psalms. How were they read? What are their origins? Who were their audiences and authors? Not only how were they read but how should they be read?In the 19th Century scholars tried to answer some of these questions and formed various schools. Two diverging approaches can be seen within Judaism itself with the the Carites and Rabbanites. Read more

The fullness of life

Monday, April 30, 2018

These last weeks have seen an intense focus on the plight of Alfie Evans and his family. Many questions have been raised. Questions about the relationship between parents, children, doctors and the legal authorities. Questions about when it can be legitimate to gently withdraw burdensome treatment. The need to restate that that the administration of water and food is a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act and should be considered morally obligatory in the case of those in persistent vegetative states.  Read more

In defence of an Apostle

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

When I was young I remember having the impression that after Judas the “next worst” Apostle was Thomas. The way he was presented to me was as close-minded or a fool, who was unable to accept the Resurrection and wouldn’t be faithful when all the other Apostles had perfectly embraced the truth. When I encountered him in the Gospels for myself, particularly in the Gospel of John, this was not the figure I found. The epithet “Doubting Thomas” seemed not merely harsh, but untrue. So here are my thoughts in defending this great missionary Apostle.
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