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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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‘Behold, I am doing something new’ (Is 43:19)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá OP | Br Pablo reflects on Christ as the utterly new event of history in this meditation for the feast of Christ the King. Read more

All Saints

Friday, October 30, 2020
By Br Bede Mullens, OP‘What does it profit me that Christ was born of the Virgin, if he is not born in my flesh also?’ Read more

The Preacher of Grace

Saturday, August 08, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá | It is easy to forget that St Dominic's life is a story of failure, of dead ends and frustrated plans, which nevertheless manifested God's designs and was made fruitful by this saint's profound life of prayer, a true example of holiness in hard times. 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

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

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