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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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St Bede and the Eagerness of Study

Monday, May 25, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | One of the most learned men of his time, the Venerable Bede can be for us not only a model of scholarship, but of simplicity and holiness: in his life, the prayerfulness of study and the intellectual eagerness of faith cannot be separated. Mind and heart were united in a single pursuit of Truth, which was only possible because the Word of God was at the centre of all his endeavours. Read more

A Theory of Courage

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | Br Pablo writes about one of his favourite books, The Lord of the Rings, and about courage, death and hope. Read more

The Seven Last Words - 2. 'Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise'

Sunday, April 05, 2020

The Seven Last WordsFrom the Friday before Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday, the student brothers offer you a daily meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross, to accompany you and help you prepare for the mystery of Easter. Read more

And the waters were stilled

Thursday, April 02, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.For those of us who are confined, this time is a precious gift which can be used well or wasted. We can no longer hide from the fact that our freedoms do not exist in a void, that we are dependent and bound in solidarity to one another. May this be a chance to pause and reflect. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Hilary Term 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Despite the exceptional circumstances surrounding the end of this academic term, the student brothers, keeping a tradition of our blog, comment on some of their latest intellectual discoveries. Read more

Quodlibet 40 – ‘Being religious’ vs ‘doing good’

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Quodlibets | A famous actor recently said you do not have to be religious to be a good person; religion leads to conflict and violence, so we should take from it whatever moral principles are useful, but otherwise stay away from it. What matters is doing good to all living beings. What do we make of this reasoning? Read more

Learning to Rest in God

Monday, February 10, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.How can we find rest amidst the cares of modern life? Br Pablo shares with us an example of how to make room for prayer and quiet in the middle of our daily work. Read more

The God Who Speaks: In Victory and Defeat

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.Today’s Mass readings from 1 Samuel speak of the defeat of the Israelites at the hands of the Philistines. How could such a catastrophe be reconciled with God’s provident care over his people? Br Pablo answers this question in the first post of our series on the Year of the Word of God. Read more

O Magnum Mysterium

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | ‘O great mystery and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger!’ The Eucharist is the summit and source of the Christian life, a gift and a mystery confessed by all generations of Christians, up to the first Apostles. In this post, Br Pablo examines some ancient testimonies of Eucharistic devotion, that we may renew our faith as we enter the new year by approaching Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019 (II)

Friday, December 20, 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

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