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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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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

Let us weep before the God who made us (*Ps 94:6)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | "Sin, even venial sin, is the only real sadness in life, the only enemy of peace, and the only problem tears can dissolve."  But what then moved our Lord to weep over Jerusalem? To show us the way to a heart that is a true house of prayer. Read more

“Fear God, and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come” (Apoc. 14.7)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

By Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P. | The fourth of our series of meditations on the Gospel. In a world ravaged by illness, and as the liturgical year draws to a close, Br. Vincent Antony reflects on the end of all time. Read more

'Have I not been with you all this time?'

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion | In the third of our series of Gospel meditations, Br Thomas reflects on the questions that Jesus poses to us in three parables from Luke's Gospel. Read more

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