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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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A radical call to conversion

Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In our Gospel today we hear Jesus the lawgiver of the New Covenant deepening and perfecting the Mosaic law. But the challenge he sets his followers is difficult, one that ultimately calls us to the very highest dignity, to imitate the perfection of the Father.

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Not far from the Kingdom

Thursday, June 03, 2021
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Radiating Christ | Tintoretto's Last Supper

Thursday, May 27, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P | Tintoretto's Last Supper hangs in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, and at its centre stands Christ, bathed in light. On this Feast of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest we have in it a reminder of the heavenly glory in which we share. Read more

Fr Robert Gay, O.P re-elected and installed as Prior

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

News | The Solemnly Professed brothers in the community at Blackfriars met last week to elect a Prior, and re-elected Fr Robert Gay, O.P for another three year term. Here are some photos of his installation as Prior. Read more

The mosaic in St Peter's Square | Mary, Mother of the Church

Monday, May 24, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | In the top right hand corner of St Peter's Square, almost higher than the basilica and keeping careful watch over the visiting pilgrims, is a mosaic of Our Lady, the 'Mater Ecclesiae'. The story behind the mosaic is a beautiful testimony to the feast we celebrate today. Read more

Many people, one Spirit | Restout's Pentecost

Saturday, May 22, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Restout's Pentecost, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, is full of the energy and drama of an encounter with God. It helps us to see the Holy Spirit as the great gatherer, uniting us in Christ, in his Church. Read more

The Dedication of the Priory Church, Oxford

Thursday, May 20, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PToday we celebrate a God who was always with his creation, but has opened now a way for us to be with him; today we celebrate a God who became man without ceasing to be God, that we might become godly. Read more

A reflection from the Student Master | Solemnity of the Dedication of the Priory Church

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

News | This evening we begin our celebrations of the Dedication of the Priory Church, the anniversary of the moment the bishop set aside and consecrated our Church for Christian Worship. In this reflection for the Solemnity, Fr Oliver Keenan OP, our student master, reflects on one part of the church that holds a special place in the lives of Dominicans. Read more

The Gifts, The Gospel, and the Going

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Our Lord's words to the disciples before Ascension in today's Gospel raises some curious questions, among them: when was the last time we drank poison and were fine? It is a train of thought that helps Br Thomas explain why the Ascension is a great feast of hope. Read more

When heaven meets earth | The Ascension in the Drogo Sacramentary

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | This Carolingian miniature depicts Christ's feet firmly rooted to the ground as the Father pulls him up, an expression of the "fragile bond between humanity and divinity definitively reestablished in Christ." Read more

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