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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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Friendship vs Prudence? St Therese of Lisieux's Little Way

Thursday, October 01, 2020

By Br Thomas Therese Mannion | ‘How often do we use prudence as an excuse not to fulfil the demands of charity?’ On the feast of St Therese of Lisieux, Br Thomas reflects on this great saint's secret to grow in love of God and of neighbour. Read more

Campos de Castilla

Friday, September 18, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá | Br Pablo shares his reflections on the feast of St John Macías, a Dominican saint who was a shepherd in his youth and learned the secrets of prayer in his long hours contemplating the landscape. Read more

The Preacher of Grace

Saturday, August 08, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá | It is easy to forget that St Dominic's life is a story of failure, of dead ends and frustrated plans, which nevertheless manifested God's designs and was made fruitful by this saint's profound life of prayer, a true example of holiness in hard times. Read more

Nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God

Saturday, July 11, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P This then is the true heart of the monastic Office: to learn to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17), so that the entire day may become wholly permeated by a ceaseless spirit of prayer. This wonderful function of the Office is one that is especially attractive on account of its universality: all Christians may profitably pray the Divine Office. So, then, let us all strive to take up this Work of God and so run "on the path of God's commandments, [with] hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love".    Read more

Christianity and Tragedy: the case of St Alexius

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.What are we to make of St Alexius, a man who abandoned loving parents without notice and hid his identity when he met them again? Is this Gospel inhumanity? Read more

Not Just Apostles?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PHistory does not relate whacky interests or peculiar pursuits of the apostles, but we do know a bit about their pre-apostolic careers. Read more

St Bede and the Eagerness of Study

Monday, May 25, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | One of the most learned men of his time, the Venerable Bede can be for us not only a model of scholarship, but of simplicity and holiness: in his life, the prayerfulness of study and the intellectual eagerness of faith cannot be separated. Mind and heart were united in a single pursuit of Truth, which was only possible because the Word of God was at the centre of all his endeavours. Read more

A Holy Narcissa: St Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Narcissism can be one of the pitfalls of a false self-knowledge. St Catherine of Siena suggests a way by which a true knowledge of self can lead us to love of God. Read more

A Saint and Sardines

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | St Thomas Aquinas was an intellectual giant with a wide heart and a wide girth. What can we learn from his life and teaching on his feast day? Read more

St Cecilia

Friday, November 22, 2019

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P. | Today we celebrate the feast of St Cecilia, a Roman martyr and patron saint of musicians. Read more

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