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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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Harry, England and St. George

Monday, April 24, 2017

What is the point of having a patron saint of a country? Isn’t it funny, the idea of being a saint in charge of the welfare of a nation, like a minister or an official? So, someone dies after a virtuous life, struggling against the dragons of the human weakness and very often after torture and persecution and as reward God granted to him a rather political career… Well, I suppose that in the twentieth century with the creation of many states and autonomous entities there must have been an increase in the demand for patron saints… Read more

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 09, 2017
In our Lord’s passion every single character could be the object of a deeply christological interpretation on the part of theologians and experts in the biblical texts. Every single detail is telling us something about the consequences of the Mystery of the Incarnation. For that reason everything could be the ideal object of a meaningful reflection. Read more

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The mystery of the Incarnation tells a story of impossible contradictions: God becoming man, eternity under the bondages of the time, perfection manifested in a limited creature, etc. That the Son, the second person of the mysterious Trinity of God, becomes man entails a renewal of the image of creation, a new stage in the artistic process in which God holds History. Like a kind of self-portrait, the creature turns now to be the Creator, the painting to be the painter and that is something that requires much more that simple human reason to grasp. Read more

Wednesday of 1st Week of Lent audio reflection

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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The Holy "Graffiti"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today the Order of Preachers celebrates the feast of Blessed John of Fiesole, also known as Fra Angelico, a recognised renaissance genius. Read more

Psalm 32: Andare a Canossa

Friday, January 20, 2017

The theme of Psalm 32, the second of the so-called penitential psalms, is something well known for everyone who has at least a simple vision of the Catholic faith. We could summarise the psalm as saying that God is good, we are bad, and God forgives us and frees us from our sins because He is good. Read more

Advent Videos: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Rafael Jimenez, OP, offers us our third reflection. Read more

Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  Read more

Vietnamese Dominican Martyrs: Sts Ignatius Delgado, Vincent Lim, Dominic An-Kham, and Companions

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The reason behind martyrdom is faith in Jesus Christ, at least from the martyr’s point of view. He is ready to be murdered for his belief. From the other side’s point of view, it could be justice, defence of the social order, etc. since the martyrs represent opposition to the establishment: a new creed; new bases for justice and social behaviour; a cultural intromission etc. But what would be the opinion of an external observer like us?
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Dies irae, dies illa

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

We must pray for the dead: it is precisely the reason for today’s commemoration. When our day comes we will endure the judgment over the responsibility that we have in the history of our lives, and after that, one of the possible outcomes could be to be sent to Purgatory and there receive an intense session of “soul-lifting” in order to enter in the joy of the saints in an appropriated manner… But such a simple and naïve description of the doctrine of Purgatory might not manifest the deepness of the terrifying mystery of the death and even less would motivate a fruitful prayer.         Read more

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