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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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St Catherine of Siena and the Future of Europe

Friday, April 29, 2016

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the online journal of the Jesuits, Thinking Faith, on the topic of St Catherine of Siena and the future of Europe. You can access the article here Read more

Easter Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

On this Easter Sunday, Br Toby Lees, O.P., offers us a reflection on this joyful day. Read more

Year of Mercy: Pope Francis's Episcopal Motto

Friday, March 11, 2016
‘What are Pope Francis’s links with the north east of England?’, is not, I imagine, a question that has crossed your mind recently. Perhaps you would be surprised to be learn that there was one link, let alone two? Read more

Self-idolatry and the dangers of 'I'm Catholic, but . . . '

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Everybody knows that Jesus was a nice guy who wanted to do away with laws, rules and regulations so that we could live freely without interference, never having to do anything we didn’t feel like doing. Everybody knows that . . . unless they have read the Gospels. Read more

Third Sunday of Lent: Don't be an Orc; let God's love make you great

Sunday, February 28, 2016

There’s an all-too-common line of thought that says, ‘I’m not a bad person; I try not do others any harm’ as if that’s the extent of the moral life. I overheard it in a conversation only the other day. There are two things that bother me when I hear this and they’re really two sides of the same coin. The first is that the person has too high self-regard and the second is that they have too little self-concern. This attitude relies on the common misconception that sin is primarily about doing other people harm. Read more

Year of Mercy: Dominican profession: what do you seek? God’s mercy and yours

Friday, February 19, 2016

On the Feast of St Michael the Archangel in 2013, my three co-novices and I lay prostrate on the cold stone floor of the Cambridge Chapel, making our simple profession, and we were asked by our Provincial: ‘What do you seek?’ Our response, as for many thousands before us: ‘God’s mercy and yours.’ Read more

St Dominic and the Preaching of Mercy

Thursday, February 04, 2016

I consider it truly providential that the Dominican Jubilee to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Preachers should overlap with Jubilee Year of Mercy. St Dominic’s life was characterised by the practise of mercy and, ever since, his example has inspired men and women to follow him in the Order as Preachers of God’s mercy. Read more

St Nicholas Owen SJ

Saturday, January 23, 2016
‘How hard can it really be?’ That’s the question I would ask myself as I tore excitedly into the box of a flat-pack set of shelves for my flat, when books once more had started to grow in piles on my floor, not just around the walls, but in the middle of the room too! Several hours later, but with not a lot of progress to show for it, the answer was always, ‘very hard, indeed!’ All of which only serves to increase my admiration for the heroic martyr, St Nicholas Owen (c.1550-1606), who was a carpenter and ingenious constructor of priest holes, for which there were certainly no instructions, and for whom time was of a premium. Read more

Great Dominicans: St Agnes of Montepulciano

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

If you like Dominicans and good red wines then there are two very good reasons to visit Montepulciano. Situated on a hilltop in the Italian province of Siena, in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is famous throughout Italy and beyond for its superb red wine, not to be confused with the inferior wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is produced from the Montepulciano grape, but which grape, confusingly, has no links with the town other than a shared name. Read more

Third Thursday of Advent - Living in the Past?

Thursday, December 17, 2015
If you were to draw up two columns and in the first write down your major priorities in life and in the second what you expend most of your time, money and energies upon, do you think there would be a certain incongruence? In this Year of Mercy we might consider whether our time spent on facebook looking at pictures of friends outweighs our time spent in prayer for those friends? Does the time spent watching inspirational videos online outweigh the time spent actually feeding the hungry? Read more
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