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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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"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (Jn 15:11)

Thursday, May 06, 2021

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P"We are not pawns or placeholders, simply holding the fort for the return of the Master. The fullness of our joy extends and continues, furthers and accomplishes Christ’s saving work." Br Albert reflects on the words of Christ in today's Gospel. Read more

No, my dear Marx, eternal life is not the opium of the people!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | In today's Gospel reflection, Br Francesco reflects on the promise of happiness that Christ extends to every person, and how this is often misunderstood in contemporary society. Read more

‘Not even if a man should rise from the dead…’

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.‘Jesus is the heir to a line of rejects: his rejection authenticates his mission, and in fact facilitates it. For Jesus, when he is rejected, is thrown out among all those classes of born-rejects that Lazarus embodies.’ Br Bede meditates on today's Gospel, the parable of Lazarus and Dives. Read more

Dangerous prayer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is Christ's prayer: the prayer he taught us − "thy will be done" (Matt. 6:10) −  and the prayer he acted out in his Passion − "not as I will, but as thou wilt.''(Matt. 26:39) Christian prayer is thus fully human, for we bring with us all our desires, but also fully divine on account of that weighty qualification: "but as thou wilt". It remains dangerous, for it leads us to the cross, but dangerous only to sin. Read more

But for Wales, Richard?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion OP | 'The Gospel asks us to deny ourselves, to cast off selfish ambition and greed. What goal are you working towards? What treasure are you gathering, that which lasts for heaven or that which fades?' Br Thomas reflects on today's gospel. Read more

The crumbs alone are enough

Thursday, February 11, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Jesus' words in today's Gospel may appear harsh, but they elicit from the Syrophoenician woman a statement of true and simple faith, the recognition that all that He deigns to give us is all that we require. Read more

Take nothing for the journey, except a staff

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | In the second of our Thursday Gospel meditations, Br Pablo reflects on the motif of the 'journey' in the Gospels as an image of our life as Christians. Read more

He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; …whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | In the first of our Thursday Gospel meditations of the term, Br Albert reflects on service of others as the key to St Thomas Aquinas's life, and indeed to the Gospel itself. Read more

The Lord will build you a house (2 Sam 11:7)

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | What do we do when we hear the word of God? The image of the house on rock in today's Gospel is very familiar, but it is one whose familiarity only makes the message it bears all the more urgent. Read more

A Tale of Two Cities

Thursday, November 26, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | In this new post from our series of meditations on the Gospel, Br Bede raises the question, 'Why should Christians today remember the fall of Jerusalem?' Read more

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