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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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A Theology of Singing

Thursday, October 29, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá | In the second of our series of Gospel meditations, Br Pablo reflects about the role that music and beauty play in our understanding of heavenly realities. Read more

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

St Bede and the Eagerness of Study

Monday, May 25, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | One of the most learned men of his time, the Venerable Bede can be for us not only a model of scholarship, but of simplicity and holiness: in his life, the prayerfulness of study and the intellectual eagerness of faith cannot be separated. Mind and heart were united in a single pursuit of Truth, which was only possible because the Word of God was at the centre of all his endeavours. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Hilary Term 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Despite the exceptional circumstances surrounding the end of this academic term, the student brothers, keeping a tradition of our blog, comment on some of their latest intellectual discoveries. Read more

Quodlibet 40 – ‘Being religious’ vs ‘doing good’

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Quodlibets | A famous actor recently said you do not have to be religious to be a good person; religion leads to conflict and violence, so we should take from it whatever moral principles are useful, but otherwise stay away from it. What matters is doing good to all living beings. What do we make of this reasoning? Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019 (II)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

Newman and the New Evangelisation: a lecture by Bishop Robert Barron

Friday, October 18, 2019

By Br John Bernard Church | Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary Bishop in Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire, spoke in Newman’s old parish, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, on 16th October, a few days after Newman's canonisation. Taking as his focus The Grammar of Assent, Bishop Barron presented Newman’s understanding of the conscience and the illative sense as vital to the work of evangelisation today. Read more

Bella Italia

Saturday, October 12, 2019

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P. | From the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2019, Br Joseph Bailham, O.P., spent one year away from Oxford studying and living in the Italian city of Bologna, home to the relics of our Holy Father, St Dominic. He reflects on what turned out to be a year full of blessings. Read more

Saints and Study

Thursday, June 27, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | As the academic year comes to a close for the student brothers, here are a few thoughts that have come to me throughout the course of this year. Study is an essential part of our Dominican life—and this is particularly obvious for those of us currently being formed for the priesthood. But that study can never be disconnected from our prayer. Read more

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