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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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'Do you think this means that everything will change?’

Monday, March 30, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.Recently asked in a queue, "Do you think this means that everything will change?” Br Albert reflects on change, continuity, and renewal in the face of Coronavirus. 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

The Transfiguration: a Christological Mystery

Sunday, March 08, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.We normally think of the Transfiguration as just a way of inoculating us against the harshness of Holy Week, but Br Albert suggests that if we open up the mystery with the help of St Thomas, we can see the wonder of salvation wrought for us by Jesus Christ: true God and true man Read more

The God who Speaks: Life and Death Decisions

Thursday, February 27, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.Deuteronomy presents the Law as something didactic, that to live in loving relationship with God we must appropriate the Law and pass it on. Br Albert considers how the life and death decision of Israel presents us with a daily choice. 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

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

Advent Art: The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zechariah, by Alexander Ivanov

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | Br Albert reflects on Gabriel’s appearance to Zechariah in the Temple and what it teaches us about Advent as a season for the purifying of our desires. Read more

Christ the King

Sunday, November 24, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | Br Albert reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Read more

Remembering... Fr John Malachy Clune, O.P.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Roberston, O.P.Br Albert remembers Fr John Malachy Clune, O.P., a friar he cared for as a novice and who died shortly after Br Albert’s profession.
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Thomistic Institute Conference on 'The Common Good'

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Robertson | 'For St Augustine the City of God and the City of Man exist side-by-side, sometimes rather uncomfortably; but for Augustine the true vocation of the City of Man is only fully realised in light of its proper relationship to the City of God.' Br Albert tells us about his recent participation in the Thomistic Institute Conference in Washington D.C on the Common Good in St Augustine's The City of God. Read more

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