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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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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

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

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

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

The God Who Speaks: A Preacher Without Words

Thursday, February 06, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.PWhen Christ first sends out the twelve, it’s not entirely clear what he is expecting them to say. Perhaps that is exactly the point, a lesson in proximity rather than verbosity. 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

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I have my own views and peculiar behaviours with regards to eating food. That is, I usually avoid eating leftover foods, especially if in a Dominican community!I think about how the food which has been left over from previous days has been stored, and I think I’d rather not risk food poisoning. Does that make me obsessed with things that defile from outside the body?  Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection - Conversion of St Paul

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul is an important annual anniversary for me, falling one day shy of the day I was received into the Catholic Church. Paul’s conversion, recorded in today’s first reading, can hardly have been painless. The once-powerful man has to be led by the hand to Damascus, and receive the ministry of a religious movement he wanted to quash. All of this must happen before the scales literally fall from his eyes. But the difficulties do not end there. In time Paul must build up relations with the other apostles, and with the members of the Church in Jerusalem who will still associate him with the death of the protomartyr Stephen. His life becomes one of continual travel around the Mediterranean, where he is flogged five times, beaten with rods three times, pelted with stones, and thrice shipwrecked. He describes his life as one of constant danger, toil, and full of hunger and thirst (2 Corinthians 11:21-28).

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Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
In the parable of the Ten Gold Coins, Jesus tells a story of a nobleman going off to obtain his kingship. He gave ten servants a gold coin each, telling them to,
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