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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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Book launch: 'Alive in God. A Christian Imagination' by Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | Yesterday, Blackfriars Oxford hosted the presentation of Timothy Radcliffe’s latest book, ‘Alive in God. A Christian Imagination.’ Read more

What we've been reading

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The student brothers comment on some of their literary pursuits in the last few months. Read more

Roy Campbell, Scourge of Hypocrisy

Sunday, September 15, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens | A reflection on the literary honesty of Roy Campbell's works. Read more

Book review: Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion | A review of 'Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return' by Prof. Stephen Bullivant, Catherine Knowles, Hannah Vaughn-Spruce and Bernadette Durcan (Paulist Press, £15.95).
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What we've been reading

Sunday, June 16, 2019
As the end of term approaches, the student brothers comment on their latest literary pursuits.

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Scorsese's Silence and the example of St Paul Miki and Companions

Monday, February 06, 2017

Today we celebrate the martyrdom of St Paul Miki and Companions, twenty-six among the thousands of Japanese martyrs. Their courage, fidelity, and unrelenting love of Christ even to the point of death are an example to us all. On the Feast of these martyrs, my usual feelings, of concern for what I would do in the same position and admiration for what these martyrs did in fact do, have been made particularly acute by Martin Scorsese's film Silence, and all the conversation it has generated. Read more

Book launch

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

News Yesterday, Blackfriars Hall hosted the book launch of two publications by Dominican friars of the Province of England. Read more

Confessing to Bond: a Review of Spectre

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

There are some powerful themes that touch upon religious ideas in the 24th James Bond movie Spectre. In this review I would like to explore three themes that struck me while watching the movie the other day with my some of my Dominican brothers. Read more

Book Review: Radical Discipleship by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Monday, July 13, 2015
In our Consecrated Life series we have been looking at numerous aspects of this way of life through a Dominican lens. It is always helpful, however, to have another perspective and in his excellent book, Radical Discipleship – Consecrated Life and the Call to Holiness, Francis Cardinal Arinze distils the fruits of decades of experience as Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal, in which time he has visited and encountered countless religious and their communities from a multitude of congregations and orders. Drawing upon this experience he seeks to give us something of what is fundamental to all modes of the life and thus to examine the very heart of what it means to live the consecrated life. Read more

Book Review: Aquinas at Prayer, by Paul Murray OP

Thursday, March 05, 2015

St Thomas Aquinas: Doctor of the Church, scholastic theologian and philosopher, piercing intellect, synthesiser of Aristotle and Christianity . . . so far, so good . . . but the addition of the descriptions mystic, poet, and contemplative might cause some to raise an eyebrow. In his survey of Aquinas both at prayer and on prayer, Paul Murray seeks to show us that the latter descriptions of Aquinas are just as applicable as the first set. Read more

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