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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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Reflections on Anti-Catholicism and the Necessity of Preaching the Gospel

Monday, July 20, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P. | Br Thomas reflects on the rising wave of acts of persecution against Christians in the West and how we might respond as witnesses of the Gospel. Read more

The Seven Last Words - 3. 'Woman, behold your son'

Monday, April 06, 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

Marketa Irglova and wrestling with the Angel

Monday, February 03, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.Br Thomas Thérèse has long been an admirer of the spiritual honesty, maturity, vulnerability he finds in the music of Marketa Irglova. Br Thomas focuses on her piece 'Without a Map' from her 2014 album MUNA as an example of this particularly in the context of Vocation. Read more

The God Who Speaks: Popularity, Jealousy and Conflict

Thursday, January 23, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P. | Looking at the readings of the day Br. Thomas focuses on three themes: popularity, jealousy and conflict within their wider context of love. It is often love which provokes responses of popularity, jealousy and conflict but it is also love which satisfies the human heart not because of something love does but because it is. In God alone is our heart at rest (Ps. 62), the God who is love (1 John 4:16). Read more

Advent Art: A Christmas Carol, by F. S. Coburn

Saturday, December 21, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P. | 'Will you let me in Fred?' Asks Scrooge. Br. Thomas Thérèse asks whether we have adequately prepared for Christmas like Fred, Scrooge's Nephew by living our advent wisely? Have we prepared ourselves to open our shut up hearts freely or has our advent been a selfish time of gain and self interest?
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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

Remembering... Gareth Moore, O.P. (1948-2002)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P. | Br. Thomas Thérèse remembers Gareth Moore's commitment to the Truth and opines we have much to learn from this commitment. Read more

Not All Tears are Bad

Thursday, November 14, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse, O.P.A close friend of mine says frequently, ‘not all tears are bad’. A true statement that I think can only be truly known by someone who has learnt how to grieve well, to grieve wisely. Read more

Book review: Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion | A review of 'Why Catholics leave, What they miss and How they might return' by Prof. Stephen Bullivant, Catherine Knowles, Hannah Vaughn-Spruce and Bernadette Durcan (Paulist Press, £15.95).
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What we've been reading

Sunday, June 16, 2019
As the end of term approaches, the student brothers comment on their latest literary pursuits.

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