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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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Quodlibet 38: Guardian Angels

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

QuodlibetsI have difficulties believing in angels. Sometimes I feel people speak about their Guardian Angels when the Spirit is in action. How would you distinguish between these two realities?  Read more

Marketa Irglova and wrestling with the Angel

Monday, February 03, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.Br Thomas Thérèse has long been an admirer of the spiritual honesty, maturity, vulnerability he finds in the music of Marketa Irglova. Br Thomas focuses on her piece 'Without a Map' from her 2014 album MUNA as an example of this particularly in the context of Vocation. Read more

The God Who Speaks: Measure for Measure?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.The divine life simply cannot be clung to and possessed as a prize, but must be ceaselessly poured out in love. If we are ready to be "poured out as a libation" (2 Tim. 4:6) and so offer ourselves as  "living sacrifices" (Rom. 12:1), then we become conduits of grace, sanctifying others and are sanctified ourselves in the process. Read more

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

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