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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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Indulgences - what they're about and why they matter

Friday, November 13, 2020
By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Are indulgences just a relic of the medieval imagination? Two articles of the Apostle's Creed might help make sense of a doctrine that is often quietly ignored. Read more

The Beatitudes - 2. Blessed are the those who mourn, for they shall be comforted

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Beatitudes | The second of our summer series on The Beatitudes from St Matthew's Gospel. Why should mourning bring us happiness? Read more

Cakes, Candles, and Christian Art

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In this episode of Not Just Theologians we speak with Fr Richard Conrad OP, a dogmatic and sacramental theologian, about his interest in art - both how the preacher can use art and when the preacher becomes an artist.  Read more

What has racism got to do with me?

Saturday, June 13, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Talking about racism is difficult, because it is unavoidably personal and quickly creates charged conversations. But these have to be had, and it seems a bit of theology might help get things going. Read more

Blessed Is the Fruit of Her Womb

Saturday, May 30, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | A Rosary Vigil on the eve of Pentecost in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament puts before us a mystery that lies at the heart of our faith: the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin which brought forth the Salvation of the World. This reflection was given at the Blackfriars Rosary Vigil, and the video and text can be found below. Read more

Talking about Talking

Thursday, May 21, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P In the second episode of our series on Dominicans and their peculiar pursuits, we speak with Fr Richard Ounsworth OP, a scripture scholar, about his love of all things linguistic. Read more

The Seven Last Words - 7. 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit'

Friday, April 10, 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

The Fruits of Study: Hilary Term 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Despite the exceptional circumstances surrounding the end of this academic term, the student brothers, keeping a tradition of our blog, comment on some of their latest intellectual discoveries. Read more

To whom shall we go? Jean Vanier and the loss of hope

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.PThe recent news about Jean Vanier is particularly sickening. It leaves us praying for the survivors of those abusive relationships, and at a loss to make sense of a life that somehow embodied such an extreme paradox. What hope is left when a hero falls so far? Read more

The God Who Speaks: A Preacher Without Words

Thursday, February 06, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.PWhen Christ first sends out the twelve, it’s not entirely clear what he is expecting them to say. Perhaps that is exactly the point, a lesson in proximity rather than verbosity. Read more

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