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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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Godzdogz Advent Retreat - Preaching

Thursday, December 24, 2020

News | Below you can find the reflections preached during our Advent Retreat (17th-23rd December) by each of the student brothers. Read more

Advent Retreat - Live Compline and Preaching

Sunday, December 13, 2020

News The student brothers invite you to join our Sung Compline and Preaching, following the traditional 'O Antiphons' that mark the last days of Advent. Live-streamed every day from 17th to 23rd December at 20.30. Read more

The Lord will build you a house (2 Sam 11:7)

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | What do we do when we hear the word of God? The image of the house on rock in today's Gospel is very familiar, but it is one whose familiarity only makes the message it bears all the more urgent. Read more

Advent Art: A Christmas Carol, by F. S. Coburn

Saturday, December 21, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P. | 'Will you let me in Fred?' Asks Scrooge. Br. Thomas Thérèse asks whether we have adequately prepared for Christmas like Fred, Scrooge's Nephew by living our advent wisely? Have we prepared ourselves to open our shut up hearts freely or has our advent been a selfish time of gain and self interest?
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Advent Art: Adoration in the Forest, by Filippo Lippi

Thursday, December 19, 2019

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.All three comings of Christ described by St Bernard seem to be represented in this painting, but especially the intermediate coming of Christ to the individual soul: in the shadowy forest of the human heart, shrouded in the gloom of sin, it remains within our capability to clear a small glade into which Christ may come to dwell. Read more

Advent Art: Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, by Rembrandt

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | Rembrandt’s depiction of the prophet Jeremiah appears to be one of despair in the face of adversity. Br John Bernard considers whether this really is the case, and how the artist’s understanding of Jeremiah’s interior life might teach us something during Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Dream of Joseph, by Rembrandt

Saturday, December 14, 2019

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P. | Br Joseph reflects on the importance of St Joseph for the season of Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thursday, December 12, 2019

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | Br Pablo draws some lessons from the Little Prince for this time of Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zechariah, by Alexander Ivanov

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | Br Albert reflects on Gabriel’s appearance to Zechariah in the Temple and what it teaches us about Advent as a season for the purifying of our desires. Read more

Advent Art: Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, by Pieter Bruegel

Saturday, December 07, 2019

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.In this Advent art post, Br Gabriel Theis reflects on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (1563) and its implications for our attitude towards Advent. Read more

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