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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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Second Sunday of Lent 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This Sunday, Br Joseph Bailham, O.P., offers us a reflection on the theme of being 'set apart'. Read more

St Dominic and the Preaching of Mercy

Thursday, February 04, 2016

I consider it truly providential that the Dominican Jubilee to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Preachers should overlap with Jubilee Year of Mercy. St Dominic’s life was characterised by the practise of mercy and, ever since, his example has inspired men and women to follow him in the Order as Preachers of God’s mercy. Read more

St Nicholas Owen SJ

Saturday, January 23, 2016
‘How hard can it really be?’ That’s the question I would ask myself as I tore excitedly into the box of a flat-pack set of shelves for my flat, when books once more had started to grow in piles on my floor, not just around the walls, but in the middle of the room too! Several hours later, but with not a lot of progress to show for it, the answer was always, ‘very hard, indeed!’ All of which only serves to increase my admiration for the heroic martyr, St Nicholas Owen (c.1550-1606), who was a carpenter and ingenious constructor of priest holes, for which there were certainly no instructions, and for whom time was of a premium. Read more

Great Dominicans: Six Stories, Six Martyrs

Friday, January 15, 2016
Today is the day of six stories. Stories of the lives of six men who had a lot in common. They were all Spanish. They were all Dominicans. They all lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were all missionaries to China, and they were all killed there between 1648 and 1748. Today is the day that we remember these six Dominican martyrs of China.  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

Great Dominicans: St Agnes of Montepulciano

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

If you like Dominicans and good red wines then there are two very good reasons to visit Montepulciano. Situated on a hilltop in the Italian province of Siena, in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is famous throughout Italy and beyond for its superb red wine, not to be confused with the inferior wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is produced from the Montepulciano grape, but which grape, confusingly, has no links with the town other than a shared name. Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Br Jean-Baptiste Regis, O.P., offers us a reflection on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, the 20 December 2015. 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

Third Thursday of Advent - Living in the Past?

Thursday, December 17, 2015
If you were to draw up two columns and in the first write down your major priorities in life and in the second what you expend most of your time, money and energies upon, do you think there would be a certain incongruence? In this Year of Mercy we might consider whether our time spent on facebook looking at pictures of friends outweighs our time spent in prayer for those friends? Does the time spent watching inspirational videos online outweigh the time spent actually feeding the hungry? Read more

Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Today Br Joseph Bailham, O.P., offers a video reflection on this Gaudete Sunday for the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service (BCYS), as well as Godzdogz. You can visit the BCYS blog, Tell Out My Soul, by clicking hereRead more

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