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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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An Oasis for the Soul | A Place in the Sky

Monday, March 01, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.In our new Lenten series, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Bede writes about the 'spectacular, unnecessary, totally gratuitous beauty' of a place that is accessible to all of us, in the blink of an eye... Read more

Dangerous prayer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is Christ's prayer: the prayer he taught us − "thy will be done" (Matt. 6:10) −  and the prayer he acted out in his Passion − "not as I will, but as thou wilt.''(Matt. 26:39) Christian prayer is thus fully human, for we bring with us all our desires, but also fully divine on account of that weighty qualification: "but as thou wilt". It remains dangerous, for it leads us to the cross, but dangerous only to sin. Read more

Perspective

Friday, December 04, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.Br Thomas Thérèse looks at one of the lesser known roles of the late Game of Thrones and James Bond actress Dame Diana Rigg in 'House of Brede' and how perspective might help our spiritual life. Read more

“Fear God, and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come” (Apoc. 14.7)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

By Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P. | The fourth of our series of meditations on the Gospel. In a world ravaged by illness, and as the liturgical year draws to a close, Br. Vincent Antony reflects on the end of all time. Read more

In God alone be at rest, my soul (Ps 61:6)

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.PHeaven is, in a certain sense, individual for each and every one. Every time we pray, we embrace something of the irreducible uniqueness of our relation to God, the relation that circumscribes the entirety of our being. Prayer cannot be substituted for another task, nor can another undertake the prayer that could only ever be mine. Delegation is simply impossible in the contemplative life. Read more

He Descended into Hell

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | 'Sometimes we may feel we’ve dug ourselves into a tight spot. Sometimes this spot feels very tight, and very deep indeed. But it can never be too deep or too tight for God’s grace. I can hope—I must hope—for as long as I live'. Read more

Campos de Castilla

Friday, September 18, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá | Br Pablo shares his reflections on the feast of St John Macías, a Dominican saint who was a shepherd in his youth and learned the secrets of prayer in his long hours contemplating the landscape. Read more

The Beatitudes - 8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The Beatitudes | "We sometimes hear it said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church... It might as well be said that it is the cement of the Church in every present generation" Br Bede reflects on the blessedness of the persecuted in the Eighth Beatitude.
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The Beatitudes - 7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God

Friday, September 04, 2020

The Beatitudes | "To live an integrated life, to live a peaceful life, we must live a sacramental life." Br Albert reflects on the peacemakers and the Seventh Beatitude. Read more

The Beatitudes - 5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy

Friday, August 21, 2020

The Beatitudes | "This is the man in whom history is transformed, the centre-point that gathers into a new orbit sin-scattered humanity." Br Bede looks at the fifth Beatitude, 'Blessed are the merciful'. Read more

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