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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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Ordinations in Oxford

Monday, July 11, 2016

News On Sunday 10th July 2016, brothers Oliver Keenan and Matthew Jarvis were ordained to the priesthood, along with brother Jean-Baptiste Regis, who was ordained to the diaconate. Read more

Your Father who sees in secret - Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I once saw a shop sign with a picture of Jesus and the caption: 'I'm watching you.' Perhaps some potential thieves were put off when their piety was pricked in this way. But what an abuse to turn God into some kind of celestial CCTV! Read more

Interesting Churches: All Saints, Tudeley

Monday, May 09, 2016

Not far from where I grew up in Kent, the 'garden of England', there is a lovely little church dedicated to All Saints. When I led the Dominican Way walking pilgrimages in 2014-15 from Arundel to Canterbury, I made sure our route took us past this church at Tudeley. I didn't tell the pilgrims much about it in advance; I just let them discover this gem for themselves. Read more

Great Dominicans: Euphemia of England

Friday, April 08, 2016

It reads almost like a Disney film script, with a bit more religion thrown in. But is the tale too incredible for belief? Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection: Abiding with the Word

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

In today’s Gospel we heard an extraordinary dialogue between Jesus and a group of 'Jews who had believed in him’. This last point is important: we have here an antagonistic dialogue between Jesus and his own followers, not some Pharisees or anyone like that.
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St Thomas Aquinas and the mercy of God

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is fashionable in this Year of Mercy to relate everyone and everything to this single theological theme. But in the case of St Thomas Aquinas OP, there are very good reasons for doing so! Read more

St Aelred of Rievaulx and friendship

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Last week I was working with another brother on a new liturgical book. Facing our two computer screens with keen concentration, we were taking delight in working together on a common project.  Read more

Joseph the Just Man

Friday, December 18, 2015

Yesterday, we heard about the ancestors of Jesus, including all those reprobate characters, noting that the genealogy of Christ was framed by two surprisingly good men: the man of faith, Abraham, at the beginning, and at the end, Joseph, the just man.  Read more

In the spirit and power of Elijah

Friday, December 11, 2015

There is a difference between false modesty and true modesty, which is truth-ful.  Read more

Questions for... Fr David Sanders OP

Saturday, November 21, 2015

As I settle into the comfy chair in the Student Master’s bedroom, with the buses rumbling outside along St Giles, it occurs to me that for the next half hour the roles will be reversed: I will be the one asking him about how he’s getting on in the Dominican life. He is the first to be interviewed in our new Godzdogz series on the life and work of the brethren today. Read more

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