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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 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

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

Second Wednesday of Advent - Easy yokes and light burdens?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

There have been many surprising things for me about life in the Dominicans. Perhaps the most surprising of all is that I now think I know less about God than I did before I entered the Order. In searching for God as He is, I’ve had to shed a lot of ideas about God as I wanted Him to be. I doubt I’m the first friar this has happened to, and in any event, nobody should want to take comfort in false notions, particularly not if you’re seeking to join an Order with the motto ‘Veritas’. Read more

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