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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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Two transcendentals for Twelfth Night

Sunday, January 05, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | To borrow from St Gregory Nazianzen, in a turn of phrase much loved by Pope Benedict XVI, the Magi depart no longer relying on a star because they realise it is Christ who sets the orbit of the stars, and their own orbit too. And so it always is with the transcendentals: we are captured by a kind of gravitational attraction, and pulled into a new orbit around nothing other than the Good, the True, and the Beautiful itself, the infinite love of God – for God is love – love concretised and freely offered to us in the birth of Jesus Christ.Giotto's Adoration of the Magi depicts the star as a comet. Not the most astrophysically likely explanation, but it effectively captures the idea of the fleeting nature of the sign that, pointing beyond itself, ultimately gives way to the signified. Read more

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Friday, January 03, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which the Church celebrates on the 3rd January, leads us into the depths of Christianity and the mystery of the Incarnation. Read more

Mary, Mother of God: Contemplation amidst Chaos

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P.Our nativity scenes tend to tell an incomplete story. The reality of Mary’s motherhood was likely far messier, as she contemplated an Omnipotent Creator who cries because he’s hungry. Read more

O Magnum Mysterium

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | ‘O great mystery and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger!’ The Eucharist is the summit and source of the Christian life, a gift and a mystery confessed by all generations of Christians, up to the first Apostles. In this post, Br Pablo examines some ancient testimonies of Eucharistic devotion, that we may renew our faith as we enter the new year by approaching Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Read more

The Holy Innocents and God’s Wrath

Saturday, December 28, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | The firstborn of Egypt in themselves were surely just as innocent as the infants commemorated today. Is God then as unjust as Herod for bringing about their deaths? Read more

A brother recommends…some Christmas reading

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Scared that you are going to be bored this Christmas? What to do with those 12 days? The student brothers recommend some seasonal reading that might take your fancy (and you might wish had taken your stocking!). Read more

Puer natus est nobis

Monday, December 25, 2017
The Lord hath said to me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things? Read more

Memento nostri Domine

Sunday, December 24, 2017

‘Remember us, O Lord, in thy goodwill to thy people, visit us with thy salvation, that we may see the good of thy chosen, the joy of thy nation, that thou mayest be praised with thine inheritance. Give glory to the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.’ Read more

Christmas 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

From all of the Godzdogz team, may we wish you a blessed Christmas! Our final video this week comes from Br Samuel Burke, OP. This will be our last blog post for 2016. Join us again in 2017! Read more

Nativity of The Lord

Thursday, December 25, 2014
The Nativity of The Lord, which we celebrate today, is perhaps the most beguiling event one can conceive. It is not only children whose imaginations are captivated by the Christmas story, but the minds of all that seek God, all who seek truth. Awestruck at this singular event in human history, we naturally ask questions such as “why?”; “how?”; and, "what should I do in response?"
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