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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Consecrated Life: Historical Perspective

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

When examining the past we can often fall into the error of privileging a perceived ‘Golden Age’ located far in the mists of time or, on the other hand, we might, through critical historical examination, come to the conclusion that ‘it was ever thus’ and suppose that there is no real change and everything is much the same. Read more

Consecrated Life in the New Testament

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The New Testament contains many starting points for the Christian consecrated life. Read more

Consecrated Life: The Vows - Chastity

Friday, May 01, 2015

Of the three vows that form the basis of consecrated life, chastity is perhaps the most controversial. Read more

Consecrated Life: The Vows - Obedience

Monday, March 30, 2015

In the context of religious life, there is a spectrum of approaches in relation to obedience.  Read more

Consecrated Life: The Vows - Poverty

Thursday, March 19, 2015

If you want to be rich, you must be poor. Then you will be rich in everything, if you are poor in spirit.  It isn’t property that makes you rich, but the spirit. (St. Ambrose, letter 63.) Read more

Consecrated Life: the vows - what is the point?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

According to the law given by God to the Israelites, the making and keeping of vows is subject to strict regulations.  Read more

Consecrated Life: The Rich Young Man - Counsels and Commandments

Monday, March 09, 2015

In the Gospel according to Matthew, we have the encounter between the Rich Young Man and Our Lord. He was a man who was consciously aware of his need for God in his life. He recognised that man has the potential for eternal life. From this recognition he asks Our Lord what he must do to attain it. The young man is told to keep the Commandments. After informing Our Lord that he already keeps these, Jesus says that in order to be perfect he must give up all he possess, give to the poor, and follow Him.  Read more

Consecrated Life: Prophetic Witness

Thursday, March 05, 2015

If three years ago before I joined the Dominicans, I told my friends that I was called to be a prophetic witness, after about 5 minutes (being the time it would have taken for the laughter to die out), a question along the following lines would probably have cropped up: “You, a prophet, but you can’t even tell the future?!” Read more

Consecrated life: Action

Monday, March 02, 2015
Once upon a time, there was a lawyer. He thought he could test Jesus by asking a tricky question. Read more

Consecrated Life: Contemplation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It might seem that contemplation is reserved only for a few people who are chosen by God according to his mysterious plan. In fact, however, each of us is invited to contemplative life, as everyone is invited to live a full life. For contemplation means remaining attentive in God’s presence and seeking his face, that is, seeking his truth. Read more

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