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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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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

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

The God Who Speaks: A lesson in holy daring

Thursday, February 13, 2020

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | It can seem that there is little rhyme or reason in the way God distributes his blessings, but if we have the courage to ask, we can be confident that we shall receive. Read more

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

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

The Holy Innocents and God’s Wrath

Saturday, December 28, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | The firstborn of Egypt in themselves were surely just as innocent as the infants commemorated today. Is God then as unjust as Herod for bringing about their deaths? Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

The Immaculate Conception: A hidden baptism

Monday, December 09, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.Br Bede thinks about what the Immaculate Conception might have to do with the shadier side of Jesus' family history. Read more

Advent Art: The Light of the World, by William Holman Hunt

Thursday, December 05, 2019

By Br. Bede Mullens, O.P. | Br Bede reflects on Christ's coming to the soul of each Christian, and on the paradoxes of Advent and Christmas. Read more

Advent: Expectation and Promise

Sunday, December 01, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.“Behold, I am coming soon!” The promise has been uttered from the earliest years, whispered in the ears of prophets and proclaimed aloud by Apostles. Every empty promise from the first – “Ye shall be as gods” – has been a cheap imitation of this one true promise given first to Israel, renewed to the Church, stored in the hearts of all mankind.
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