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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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Whether Br Gabriel had a good year

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.As his time in Oxford comes to an end, Br Gabriel reflects on his year at Blackfriars, and on the ways it has been a good experience. While reading a lot of St Thomas’s works, it appears that Br Gabriel accidentally stumbled upon the lost Fourth Part of the Summa Theologiae. Read more

A Theory of Courage

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | Br Pablo writes about one of his favourite books, The Lord of the Rings, and about courage, death and hope. Read more

Christ the Bard

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Among the depictions of Christ in the Roman catacombs, one not uncommonly finds him in the guise of a poet. What made the early Christians see the Lord this way? And if he is a poet, what is his song? Read more

No escape from sacrament

Friday, May 08, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | Br Albert reflects on some lockdown reading —Boccacio's Decameron—, the psalms, art and the sacraments. 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

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

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