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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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The Beatitudes - 6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Beatitudes | "There is at work in us a power able to accomplish abundantly more than we can imagine." Br Daniel reflects on the Sixth Beatitude, Blessed are the Pure in Heart. Read more

Nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God

Saturday, July 11, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P This then is the true heart of the monastic Office: to learn to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17), so that the entire day may become wholly permeated by a ceaseless spirit of prayer. This wonderful function of the Office is one that is especially attractive on account of its universality: all Christians may profitably pray the Divine Office. So, then, let us all strive to take up this Work of God and so run "on the path of God's commandments, [with] hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love".    Read more

The Seven Last Words - 6. 'It is accomplished'

Thursday, April 09, 2020

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

Quodlibet 41 - “That we be delivered from eternal damnation”

Monday, February 17, 2020

Quodlibets | We pray in the Roman Canon of the Mass: “command that we be delivered from eternal damnation”. A reader asks: why can’t we have been delivered from eternal damnation ab initio? Why couldn’t the damned simply have never been created? Read more

The God Who Speaks: Measure for Measure?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.The divine life simply cannot be clung to and possessed as a prize, but must be ceaselessly poured out in love. If we are ready to be "poured out as a libation" (2 Tim. 4:6) and so offer ourselves as  "living sacrifices" (Rom. 12:1), then we become conduits of grace, sanctifying others and are sanctified ourselves in the process. Read more

Two transcendentals for Twelfth Night

Sunday, January 05, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | To borrow from St Gregory Nazianzen, in a turn of phrase much loved by Pope Benedict XVI, the Magi depart no longer relying on a star because they realise it is Christ who sets the orbit of the stars, and their own orbit too. And so it always is with the transcendentals: we are captured by a kind of gravitational attraction, and pulled into a new orbit around nothing other than the Good, the True, and the Beautiful itself, the infinite love of God – for God is love – love concretised and freely offered to us in the birth of Jesus Christ.Giotto's Adoration of the Magi depicts the star as a comet. Not the most astrophysically likely explanation, but it effectively captures the idea of the fleeting nature of the sign that, pointing beyond itself, ultimately gives way to the signified. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019 (II)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

Advent Art: Adoration in the Forest, by Filippo Lippi

Thursday, December 19, 2019

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.All three comings of Christ described by St Bernard seem to be represented in this painting, but especially the intermediate coming of Christ to the individual soul: in the shadowy forest of the human heart, shrouded in the gloom of sin, it remains within our capability to clear a small glade into which Christ may come to dwell. Read more

Remembering... Fr Conrad Pepler, O.P. (1908-1993)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | Br Daniel reflects on the life and work of Fr Conrad Pepler OP, a friar whose wisdom came  "alive not so much in carved blocks of stone or finely printed books but among living human beings. He was an artist in people." Read more

Our Lady the Unwithering Rose

Monday, October 07, 2019

By Daniel Benedict RowlandsWith each Ave, we are drawn to share in the Blessed Mother's subversive work, that work of cooperation with the Redeemer that put enmity between Her and the Serpent, to which she gave her full assent at the Annunciation, and which can be seen coming into full bloom in her coronation as Queen of Heaven, and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Read more

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