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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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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

Vocation - Pleasingly Disappointing

Monday, February 24, 2020

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.Have you ever set out on something but found it not to be what you expected? Br Joseph Bailham shares how this has in some ways been the case for his vocation, but it has been no bad thing. Read more

Learning to Rest in God

Monday, February 10, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.How can we find rest amidst the cares of modern life? Br Pablo shares with us an example of how to make room for prayer and quiet in the middle of our daily work. Read more

Marketa Irglova and wrestling with the Angel

Monday, February 03, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.Br Thomas Thérèse has long been an admirer of the spiritual honesty, maturity, vulnerability he finds in the music of Marketa Irglova. Br Thomas focuses on her piece 'Without a Map' from her 2014 album MUNA as an example of this particularly in the context of Vocation. Read more

“Be fruitful and multiply”: an Irresponsible Command?

Monday, January 27, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P.It seems increasingly common to hear people express the sentiment “I’m not going to have any children, it would be irresponsible given the climate crisis.”  Antipathy to large families and opting not to have children is slowly becoming part of the standard narrative in the response to the effects of climate change, echoed in a recent BBC documentary by Chris Packham. This raises some obvious theological questions, not least surrounding the Biblical encouragements to procreate, but it is also worth querying the justification behind these concerns: is population really an ecological issue? In this post, Br John Bernard considers the wisdom in God’s command to “Be fruitful and multiply”. Read more

Remembering George Orwell

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

By Br Albert Robertson, O.P. | This week marks seventy years since the death of George Orwell. Br Albert writes about one of his favourite authors. Read more

St Patrick's Breastplate

Monday, January 20, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.As often absent-minded creatures, we need good and simple prayers to focus on the important things in life. The famous ‘Breastplate’ by St Patrick helps us to balance our orientation towards Christ with the love for our neighbour. Read more

Bede Jarrett: A Model of Religious Obedience

Monday, January 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Bede Jarrett, the founder of Blackfriars, Oxford, can be an example to us all of how to entrust ourselves into the Lord's loving hands. Read more

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