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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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Second Wednesday of Advent - Easy yokes and light burdens?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

There have been many surprising things for me about life in the Dominicans. Perhaps the most surprising of all is that I now think I know less about God than I did before I entered the Order. In searching for God as He is, I’ve had to shed a lot of ideas about God as I wanted Him to be. I doubt I’m the first friar this has happened to, and in any event, nobody should want to take comfort in false notions, particularly not if you’re seeking to join an Order with the motto ‘Veritas’. Read more

First Monday of Advent - Getting our house in order

Monday, November 30, 2015

One of the gifts of the 2010 Revised Translation of the Missal was that it made many of the scriptural references and quotations in the Mass much clearer. In the Gospel for the First Monday of Advent, we have one of the best examples of this: we cannot now fail to see the parallel between the centurion’s words to Jesus and those we say after the priest invites us to Communion: ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof . . . just give the word and my servant will cured / but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.’ Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 29, 2015
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Laudato Si': Ecological Conversion

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This post builds on many of the themes highlighted by Br Luke in his post on ‘Education’ and looks through Dominican eyes at how ‘the rich heritage of Christian spirituality, the fruit of twenty centuries of personal and communal experience, has a precious contribution to make to the renewal of humanity’ (LS 216). What I take to be the Pope’s key point in this section of his encyclical is that such an ‘ecological conversion’ has to be a conversion of the entire person. It cannot be just an idea or a concept that we hold, it has to be a complete way of living. Read more

Great Dominicans: St Hyacinth

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saint Hyacinth was born around 1185 to a noble family and was one of the younger sons of Count Eustace, a renowned warrior. He received an excellent initial education at the Cathedral school in Krakow. He undertook his higher studies in Paris and Bologna, as well as at Krakow and, like the founder of the Order he was to join, initially became a Cathedral Canon.  Read more

Teresa of Avila - Doctor, Contemplative and Reformer

Thursday, October 15, 2015

St Teresa was born in Avila, in 1515. The 16th century was a time of turmoil in many areas of life, not least in the Church, but also, thanks to women like Teresa, a time of reform and renewal. Her mother died when she was 13, and despite her father’s protestations, she entered the Carmelites, aged 20. However, she soon became very ill and had to be sent home to recover at home for a number of years. Undeterred, when well enough, she returned to the Carmel and through a life of continual striving to love God more and more, she received extraordinary spiritual experiences and wonderful insights into the life of prayer. These insights are still a great gift to the Church thanks to her engaging writings.

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Hypocritcal Pharisees and Lawyers

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Unsurprisingly, given the presence of some former lawyers in the Blackfriars community, today’s gospel generally causes a few wry smiles when it is preached and a few glances in the direction of the lawyers. Read more

Book Review: Radical Discipleship by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Monday, July 13, 2015
In our Consecrated Life series we have been looking at numerous aspects of this way of life through a Dominican lens. It is always helpful, however, to have another perspective and in his excellent book, Radical Discipleship – Consecrated Life and the Call to Holiness, Francis Cardinal Arinze distils the fruits of decades of experience as Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal, in which time he has visited and encountered countless religious and their communities from a multitude of congregations and orders. Drawing upon this experience he seeks to give us something of what is fundamental to all modes of the life and thus to examine the very heart of what it means to live the consecrated life. Read more

Book Review: Aquinas at Prayer, by Paul Murray OP

Thursday, March 05, 2015

St Thomas Aquinas: Doctor of the Church, scholastic theologian and philosopher, piercing intellect, synthesiser of Aristotle and Christianity . . . so far, so good . . . but the addition of the descriptions mystic, poet, and contemplative might cause some to raise an eyebrow. In his survey of Aquinas both at prayer and on prayer, Paul Murray seeks to show us that the latter descriptions of Aquinas are just as applicable as the first set. Read more

Las Casas Lecture by Jean-Jacques Perennes OP - "the message of the martyrs of Algeria", and a reflection on the film Of Gods and Men

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Witness of the Gospel in a world of violence: the message of the martyrs of Algeria Read more
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