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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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I came to bring you life.

Monday, May 20, 2019
On Friday 10th May brothers Thomas, Bede and Albert joined Our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic parish in London to keep vigil on the eve of the March For Life.  Read more

Dominican Life: A vocation to prayer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

You have probably heard that the life of a Dominican revolves around four ‘pillars’: preaching, study, community and prayer. But if this is what distinguishes the Order of Preachers, you might be wondering, what is it that other orders devote themselves to?  Read more

“Be holy, as I the Lord your God am holy.” (Lev. 19.2)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Scholastics used to say, “bonum est diffusivum sui”, “goodness spreads itself about”: a dictum people might be more inclined to indulge around Christmas time, and perhaps less as we approach mid-January of the New Year.  Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One of my lesser known hobbies is my involvement in the Blackfriars Hall Wine Society. The idea is very simple: to know the land and taste its fruits.  Read more

Psalm 15 (16) - the Resurrection Psalm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Continuing our series on the Christological Psalms, we now turn to look at Psalm 15 (16) sometimes referred to as ‘The Resurrection Psalm’ and this seems the most appropriate aspect under which to consider this Psalm as we celebrate the Resurrection during this joyous Octave of Easter. Read more

Monday of Holy Week - The challenge of Lazarus

Monday, April 10, 2017
A line in today’s Gospel, which I’d previously never really given much attention, struck me forcefully today: ‘Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus’ (John 12:11). Read more

Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today’s solemnity might be thought of as the original feminist feast day: for today we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph, but we do so by reference to his being ‘the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary’. In fact, St Joseph’s whole life is defined by his relation to others. He is the earthly father of Jesus, and the husband of Mary, and we celebrate him today for his fidelity and courage in fulfilling his obligations to each of them. He is a great counter-witness to modern obsessions with autonomy. He did not realise himself in being free from obligations to others, but in lovingly fulfilling them. Read more

Knowing Jesus, Knowing Yourself - First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Who are you? Who do you belong to? Who do you really trust? These are just some of the questions posed by today’s readings. For many of us the answers may roll off the tongue quickly: a child of God, God, and God again. However, Lent invites us to ask various additional questions of ourselves: ‘But, do I really live like that? Is there a gap between what I profess and how I live? Am I afraid that giving myself over entirely to God might diminish me in some way? Do I keep a part of me back from God? Am I only giving myself provisionally to God? For me, at least, the answers become less comfortable at this point, and I’m grateful that the Church invites us into this period of preparation for not just Easter, but ultimately, our Day of Judgment.
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Second time lucky? - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today's gospel (Mark 8:22-26) is rather perplexing: it is the only miracle account in which the healing is not initially completely effective, and it is not immediately clear what we are supposed to make of this. In fact, some suggest that it is for this very reason that Matthew and Luke omit this event from their gospels. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I have my own views and peculiar behaviours with regards to eating food. That is, I usually avoid eating leftover foods, especially if in a Dominican community!I think about how the food which has been left over from previous days has been stored, and I think I’d rather not risk food poisoning. Does that make me obsessed with things that defile from outside the body?  Read more
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