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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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Dominican Life: Study

Monday, May 27, 2019
 "So, I guess you study a lot…” is one of the more common responses when people find out I’m a Dominican. It has the advantage of being one of the more accurate ideas that people have of the life of a Dominican; I study for my formation as a priest, but also as part of the spiritual discipline of the life I’ve undertaken. The Constitutions of the Order tell us that we should be zealous in our study (LCO, 77, §1), but this shouldn’t be to get top marks in an essay, as nice as it is when this happens, nor should it just be to make us effective for the doctrinal service of the Church, but should be directed to enabling us to ponder in our hearts the manifold wisdom of God (LCO, 77, §2).  Read more

I came to bring you life.

Monday, May 20, 2019
On Friday 10th May brothers Thomas, Bede and Albert joined Our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic parish in London to keep vigil on the eve of the March For Life.  Read more

The Eucharist and the Resurrection

Friday, May 10, 2019

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn. 6.54).Food and drink are necessities of life. They are gifts of God, and good things, inasmuch as they give us life.    Read more

Dominican Life: Community life.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Community Life is one of the most important aspects of Dominican Life and a distinguishing feature between the religious life and the life of the diocesan clergy. In the rule of St. Augustine, which we as Dominicans have as our rule, St. Augustine writes that above everything else the purpose of living together is to live in harmony.  Read more

Dominican Life: A vocation to prayer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

You have probably heard that the life of a Dominican revolves around four ‘pillars’: preaching, study, community and prayer. But if this is what distinguishes the Order of Preachers, you might be wondering, what is it that other orders devote themselves to?  Read more

The founding of the Order.

Monday, February 04, 2019

 The Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans, was founded in 1221 by Dominic de Guzman. St Dominic was born c. 1170 in Caleruega, Spain. St Dominic was born into a humble family of farmers and at the age of 25 joined the Canons Regular under the rule of St Augustine at the Cathedral of Osma.  Read more

“Be holy, as I the Lord your God am holy.” (Lev. 19.2)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Scholastics used to say, “bonum est diffusivum sui”, “goodness spreads itself about”: a dictum people might be more inclined to indulge around Christmas time, and perhaps less as we approach mid-January of the New Year.  Read more

I believe in Jesus Christ; truly human.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Over the summer, while on pilgrimage in Lourdes, a fellow friar sitting next to me said, ‘Isn’t extraordinary that God has a mother?’  Read more

I believe in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“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

I believe in creation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the purpose of living? What is the point of living? Why would God create the world? All of these questions have the same answer: Love. Read more

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