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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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Great Dominicans: Pope St Pius V

Sunday, April 30, 2017

St Pius V reigned from the Chair of St Peter for six years (1566-1572) during a period of remarkable social, political and religious upheaval, both for the Church itself and the wider world. The impact of the Protestant Reformation was still being felt, the reforms of the Council of Trent had to be enacted and war in Europe was made all the more perilous by the expansion of the Islamic Caliphate to the east. Read more

Wednesday of Holy Week: Spy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Any wrong or insult which is done to us would surely be made worse if it was done by a friend. It’s one thing to be cheated by a stranger but quite another when that person has spent the past few years enjoying our company, sharing meals with us and even participating in some of our life’s most significant moments. Indeed, so grave is the crime of treachery that Dante assigned it the lowest, and most terrible, circle of Hell. Read more

Returning to Rome: a 650th Anniversary

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Today marks a rather curious anniversary in the history of the Catholic Church. On this day 650 years ago Pope Urban V became the first bishop of Rome to set foot within his diocese for over sixty years. Read more

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Br Jordan Scott, OP, offers us a short audio reflection for this Wednesday of the third week of Lent. Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 27, 2016
"Stay awake" says the Lord at the beginning of Advent. Even though we do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return we are to live in a state of constant preparation, readying ourselves to greet him at the chosen hour. Read more

Wednesday Reflection: Brother will be divided against brother

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
When Jesus speaks about persecutions in Luke 21:12-19 he is not speaking about the violence when Christians are attacked by external forces but rather the persecution that his apostles and early disciples, to whom he was speaking, would experience at the hands of those children of Israel who refused to accept his Gospel as truth or receive him as the Messiah. 
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Will Many Be Saved?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Read more

Solemn Professions 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

News Yesterday in Oxford the English Province witnessed and celebrated the solemn professions of four of our brothers (and all contributors to Godzdogz): Toby Lees, Luke Doherty, Samuel Burke, and Jordan Scott. Read more

St Dominic

Sunday, August 07, 2016
This year, the 800th of the Dominican Order, our governing body, the General Chapter, met in Bologna to discuss and plan the future of Dominicans throughout the world. As you might expect this involves hours and hours of talking and debate and so it must have come as some relief to the brethren when they were given a few hours respite from discussion in order to listen to a Jesuit named after a Franciscan tell them about that first Dominican, St Dominic. 
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Great Dominicans: Cardinal Cajetan

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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