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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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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

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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Remembering... Fr Geoffrey Preston, O.P. (1936-1977)

Sunday, November 03, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P. | Br Bede remembers the life and spiritual teaching of Geoffrey Preston OP, a gentle giant of a friar. Read more

The Hidden Sanctity of John Henry Newman

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.“The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not... The Christian is cheerful, easy, kind, gentle, courteous, candid, unassuming; has no pretence... with so little that is unusual or striking in his bearing, that he may easily be taken at first sight for an ordinary man.” Br Bede reflects on Newman's more personal side. Read more

Roy Campbell, Scourge of Hypocrisy

Sunday, September 15, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens | A reflection on the literary honesty of Roy Campbell's works. Read more

A friar's summer

Friday, August 23, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens It all began in Llandudno. As a matter of fact we stopped off at Shrewsbury on the way, which is pretty (it has walls and a cathedral), but Llandudno was where it really began. The summer, that is. Read more

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