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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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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The student brothers comment on some of their literary pursuits in the last few months. Read more

Saints and Study

Thursday, June 27, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | As the academic year comes to a close for the student brothers, here are a few thoughts that have come to me throughout the course of this year. Study is an essential part of our Dominican life—and this is particularly obvious for those of us currently being formed for the priesthood. But that study can never be disconnected from our prayer. Read more

John the Baptist

Monday, June 24, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | John the Baptist is one of the most important saints of the Church—and in some ways, today one of her most underrated ones, too! Read more

I believe in Jesus Christ

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This opening verse of the Gospel of John—echoing the opening of Genesis’s account of creation—goes deep into the mystery of the life of the Trinity. Read more

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 01, 2018

By Br Vincent Antony LöningHopefully by now you are slightly tired of Lent. (If not, give up something more next year?) And that is entirely the point of it: we have not observed Lent for its own sake, but to prepare us for today, to be able to confront that empty tomb, and as John did, have the response of faith. Just like chocolate, or whatever else it may be, we have not given up Alleluias all this time for mere fun’s sake – but instead so that we can now more truly say, Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia, Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Basil

Monday, March 19, 2018
By Br Vincent Antony Löning | "The love of God is not something that is taught, for we do not learn from another to rejoice in the light or to desire life, nor has anyone taught us to love our parents or nurses.” (Long Rules Q. 2)
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Praying with Blessed Henry Suso in Lent

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I know of few people who have loved Christ so much as to take a blade to their heart and inscribe the Holy Name of Jesus in their blood upon their breast. Blessed Henry Suso is one of them.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Ambrose

Monday, January 22, 2018

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | Ambrose of Milan: what sort of personality hides behind this name? Pastoral bishop, monastic doctor, poet, or political agitator? The breadth of his achievement is outstanding, particularly if we consider the troubled times he lived in Read more

Gaudete

Sunday, December 17, 2017

GAUDETE: Rejoice! This Sunday, Advent takes an especially hopeful outlook, as we look forward to Christ’s fast approaching Nativity. In just a week’s time, we will behold him in the flesh as he was beheld by his mother, Mary, by Joseph, by the shepherds and by the angels, for the first time in Bethlehem two millennia ago. To mark this expectant joy of hers, the Church allows the use of rose liturgical vestments on Gaudete Sunday, rather than the penitential violet which dominates the rest of the Advent season. Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Judges

Sunday, October 15, 2017
The Book of Judges covers the span of Israel’s history from the death of Joshua, after the conquest of the Promised Land, until the establishment of the Kingdom. There is no unified leadership in the nation at this time, and each man owes his allegiance to his tribe and family rather than to a central authority. The tribes of Israel seem to fight just as often with each other as with the surrounding Gentiles, and only occasionally do they federate to fight back a foreign oppressor. Read more
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