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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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Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Holy Week has begun at Blackfriars, Oxford. Below you can see some pictures of our liturgical arrangements for Palm Sunday. Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Friendship, Spiritual writing and The Communion of Saints

Saturday, March 27, 2021

By Br Thomas Therese Mannion, O.P | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Thomas reflects on spending time among the Saints. Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Mountains and Mosquitoes

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br John shares his love of the mountains, an obvious place to seek God but perhaps not an oasis in any conventional sense. Read more

St Joseph the Mousetrap Maker | Merode Altarpiece

Friday, March 19, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | The Merode Altarpiece has a curious depiction of St Joseph, the carpenter working hard on making mousetraps. It acts as a reminder of how our lives might always bear the image of the salvific work of Christ. Read more

No, my dear Marx, eternal life is not the opium of the people!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | In today's Gospel reflection, Br Francesco reflects on the promise of happiness that Christ extends to every person, and how this is often misunderstood in contemporary society. Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Where Astronauts and Novices Sound Alike

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Francesco asks, 'what do astronauts going to Mars have in common with novices?' Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Praying in a museum, reclaiming sacred art

Monday, March 08, 2021

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Albert writes about a favourite space of beauty and contemplation... Read more

‘Not even if a man should rise from the dead…’

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.‘Jesus is the heir to a line of rejects: his rejection authenticates his mission, and in fact facilitates it. For Jesus, when he is rejected, is thrown out among all those classes of born-rejects that Lazarus embodies.’ Br Bede meditates on today's Gospel, the parable of Lazarus and Dives. Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | A Place in the Sky

Monday, March 01, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.In our new Lenten series, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Bede writes about the 'spectacular, unnecessary, totally gratuitous beauty' of a place that is accessible to all of us, in the blink of an eye... Read more

Dangerous prayer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is Christ's prayer: the prayer he taught us − "thy will be done" (Matt. 6:10) −  and the prayer he acted out in his Passion − "not as I will, but as thou wilt.''(Matt. 26:39) Christian prayer is thus fully human, for we bring with us all our desires, but also fully divine on account of that weighty qualification: "but as thou wilt". It remains dangerous, for it leads us to the cross, but dangerous only to sin. Read more

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