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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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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

Upon Pentecost and the Visitation

Sunday, May 31, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.Our calendars often cause feasts to collide with each other on the same day, and this is true of today which would normally be the Visitation. Br Albert reflects on what we can learn from the collision of these two feasts of Pentecost and the Visitation. 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 Annunciation of Our Lord: Embracing Human Frailty

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.The Annunciation of Our Lord presents us with a truth that gives our human existence its deepest meaning, even or especially at this time of public confusion and distress: our whole being, with soul and body, is of infinite worth to God – so much so that He took it unto Himself to experience it first-hand. Read more

A Saint and Sardines

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | St Thomas Aquinas was an intellectual giant with a wide heart and a wide girth. What can we learn from his life and teaching on his feast day? 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 Most Holy Name of Jesus

Friday, January 03, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which the Church celebrates on the 3rd January, leads us into the depths of Christianity and the mystery of the Incarnation. Read more

Mary, Mother of God: Contemplation amidst Chaos

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P.Our nativity scenes tend to tell an incomplete story. The reality of Mary’s motherhood was likely far messier, as she contemplated an Omnipotent Creator who cries because he’s hungry. Read more

The Holy Innocents and God’s Wrath

Saturday, December 28, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | The firstborn of Egypt in themselves were surely just as innocent as the infants commemorated today. Is God then as unjust as Herod for bringing about their deaths? Read more

The Immaculate Conception: A hidden baptism

Monday, December 09, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.Br Bede thinks about what the Immaculate Conception might have to do with the shadier side of Jesus' family history. Read more

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