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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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The Beatitudes - 8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The Beatitudes | "We sometimes hear it said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church... It might as well be said that it is the cement of the Church in every present generation" Br Bede reflects on the blessedness of the persecuted in the Eighth Beatitude.
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The Beatitudes - 5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy

Friday, August 21, 2020

The Beatitudes | "This is the man in whom history is transformed, the centre-point that gathers into a new orbit sin-scattered humanity." Br Bede looks at the fifth Beatitude, 'Blessed are the merciful'. Read more

Christianity and Tragedy: the case of St Alexius

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.What are we to make of St Alexius, a man who abandoned loving parents without notice and hid his identity when he met them again? Is this Gospel inhumanity? Read more

Not Just Apostles?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PHistory does not relate whacky interests or peculiar pursuits of the apostles, but we do know a bit about their pre-apostolic careers. Read more

David Jones: the poet, painter, soldier, engraver

Friday, May 15, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | In the first episode of our new series on Dominicans and their peculiar pursuits, we speak with Fr Bob Ombres OP, canon lawyer and moral theologian, about his interest in the troubled genius David Jones. Read more

Christ the Bard

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Among the depictions of Christ in the Roman catacombs, one not uncommonly finds him in the guise of a poet. What made the early Christians see the Lord this way? And if he is a poet, what is his song? Read more

A Holy Narcissa: St Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Narcissism can be one of the pitfalls of a false self-knowledge. St Catherine of Siena suggests a way by which a true knowledge of self can lead us to love of God. Read more

The Seven Last Words - Introduction

Friday, April 03, 2020

The Seven Last WordsFrom the Friday before Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday, we will upload a daily podcast meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross, to accompany you and help you prepare for the mystery of Easter. Read more

In Times of Sickness

Friday, March 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | The Coronavirus outbreak is forcing us to confront a fragility in our way of life which we commonly have the good fortune to ignore. At the same time, Christians particularly should beware false panic or exaggerated speculation. What can we learn from the experience of a disease which will somehow affect us all, whether we contract it or not? Read more

Ash Wednesday: Dust and Resurrection

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | If Lent is a time for contrition, to feel down-broken by the weight of our sins and to do penance to show it, it is also a moment to let ourselves be re-fashioned by the God who gave us life and promises us victory over sin and death. Read more

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