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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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Spiritual Resources for Times of Isolation

Monday, March 16, 2020

A time of uncertainty requires prayer. Here you can find a list of spiritual resources that may be of use. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-17). Read more

In Times of Sickness

Friday, March 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | The Coronavirus outbreak is forcing us to confront a fragility in our way of life which we commonly have the good fortune to ignore. At the same time, Christians particularly should beware false panic or exaggerated speculation. What can we learn from the experience of a disease which will somehow affect us all, whether we contract it or not? Read more

The Transfiguration: a Christological Mystery

Sunday, March 08, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.We normally think of the Transfiguration as just a way of inoculating us against the harshness of Holy Week, but Br Albert suggests that if we open up the mystery with the help of St Thomas, we can see the wonder of salvation wrought for us by Jesus Christ: true God and true man Read more

The God Who Speaks: Ask, and it will be given to you

Thursday, March 05, 2020

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.Asking questions has become unpopular in our culture: We prefer the clarity of opinions over the insecurity that asking questions creates in others and ourselves. However, our relationships with our fellow human beings, but also our friendship with God can only thrive if we find the courage to refrain from stating opinions and start asking questions. Read more

A Meditation on the Pelican

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
By Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P. | The pelican is obviously a well-known Eucharistic symbol for Catholics, though not all will know why.
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The God who Speaks: Life and Death Decisions

Thursday, February 27, 2020

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.Deuteronomy presents the Law as something didactic, that to live in loving relationship with God we must appropriate the Law and pass it on. Br Albert considers how the life and death decision of Israel presents us with a daily choice. Read more

Ash Wednesday: Dust and Resurrection

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | If Lent is a time for contrition, to feel down-broken by the weight of our sins and to do penance to show it, it is also a moment to let ourselves be re-fashioned by the God who gave us life and promises us victory over sin and death. Read more

To whom shall we go? Jean Vanier and the loss of hope

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.PThe recent news about Jean Vanier is particularly sickening. It leaves us praying for the survivors of those abusive relationships, and at a loss to make sense of a life that somehow embodied such an extreme paradox. What hope is left when a hero falls so far? Read more

Vocation - Pleasingly Disappointing

Monday, February 24, 2020

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.Have you ever set out on something but found it not to be what you expected? Br Joseph Bailham shares how this has in some ways been the case for his vocation, but it has been no bad thing. Read more

The God Who Speaks: Who do we believe Christ is?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

By Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P. | We need to keep looking for God, but keep in mind that we won’t find Him like we find lost keys. Instead, He will find us. As the Psalmist says, “I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free.” Read more

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