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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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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

“Be fruitful and multiply”: an Irresponsible Command?

Monday, January 27, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P.It seems increasingly common to hear people express the sentiment “I’m not going to have any children, it would be irresponsible given the climate crisis.”  Antipathy to large families and opting not to have children is slowly becoming part of the standard narrative in the response to the effects of climate change, echoed in a recent BBC documentary by Chris Packham. This raises some obvious theological questions, not least surrounding the Biblical encouragements to procreate, but it is also worth querying the justification behind these concerns: is population really an ecological issue? In this post, Br John Bernard considers the wisdom in God’s command to “Be fruitful and multiply”. Read more

The God Who Speaks: Popularity, Jealousy and Conflict

Thursday, January 23, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P. | Looking at the readings of the day Br. Thomas focuses on three themes: popularity, jealousy and conflict within their wider context of love. It is often love which provokes responses of popularity, jealousy and conflict but it is also love which satisfies the human heart not because of something love does but because it is. In God alone is our heart at rest (Ps. 62), the God who is love (1 John 4:16). Read more

Remembering George Orwell

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

By Br Albert Robertson, O.P. | This week marks seventy years since the death of George Orwell. Br Albert writes about one of his favourite authors. Read more

St Patrick's Breastplate

Monday, January 20, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.As often absent-minded creatures, we need good and simple prayers to focus on the important things in life. The famous ‘Breastplate’ by St Patrick helps us to balance our orientation towards Christ with the love for our neighbour. Read more

The God Who Speaks: In Victory and Defeat

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.Today’s Mass readings from 1 Samuel speak of the defeat of the Israelites at the hands of the Philistines. How could such a catastrophe be reconciled with God’s provident care over his people? Br Pablo answers this question in the first post of our series on the Year of the Word of God. Read more

Bede Jarrett: A Model of Religious Obedience

Monday, January 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Bede Jarrett, the founder of Blackfriars, Oxford, can be an example to us all of how to entrust ourselves into the Lord's loving hands. Read more

Quodlibets: Send us your questions!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Quodlibets | The Student Brothers are resuming a series in which they respond to readers' own questions Read more

New Year, New Series

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

News | The student brothers are pleased to announce many exciting series coming up soon on Godzdogz. Read more

Two transcendentals for Twelfth Night

Sunday, January 05, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P. | To borrow from St Gregory Nazianzen, in a turn of phrase much loved by Pope Benedict XVI, the Magi depart no longer relying on a star because they realise it is Christ who sets the orbit of the stars, and their own orbit too. And so it always is with the transcendentals: we are captured by a kind of gravitational attraction, and pulled into a new orbit around nothing other than the Good, the True, and the Beautiful itself, the infinite love of God – for God is love – love concretised and freely offered to us in the birth of Jesus Christ.Giotto's Adoration of the Magi depicts the star as a comet. Not the most astrophysically likely explanation, but it effectively captures the idea of the fleeting nature of the sign that, pointing beyond itself, ultimately gives way to the signified. Read more

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