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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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Gospel Reflection: Spy Wednesday: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

With thirty pieces of silver, Judas betrays our Lord to the Chief Priests. Such a price has become shorthand in the popular imagination for perfidy and treachery, a feeble allusion to Judas’ ultimate betrayal. But, we might ask, why this price? Why not fifty pieces of silver? Or ten? Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Henry Suso - The Acceptable Face of German Mysticism?

Monday, March 07, 2016
The Fourteenth Century Dominican, Henry Suso, is one of a trinity of famous Dominican “Founding Fathers” of German Mysticism, a form of spirituality prevalent in German speaking lands 1250-1470. The other two “Founding Fathers” were his teacher, Meister Eckhart, and his contemporary John Tauler. Of the three, Suso is the only one to have been Beatified: Pope Gregory XVI confirmed his veneration in 1831 on account of sustained popular devotion. Who was this German mystic? What makes him different to Meister Eckhart? Is he anything more than the acceptable face of German mystical theology? Read more

Commemoration of Bl. Giovanni da Fiesole (Fra' Angelico)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Today we celebrate the Commemoration of Bl. Giovanni (John) da Fiesole, more popularly known as Fra’ Angelico. He’s been called many things but why do we call him Fra’ Angelico or Beato Angelico? The key to answering this question lies in his life and his work. Read more

Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Br Samuel Burke, O.P., offers us a reflection for this Second Sunday of Advent.  Read more

Feast of St. Edmund Campion

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”  Read more

Laudato Si': Human Dignity

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis employs the concept of human dignity as part of a wide appeal to all men and women. I think he does so because human dignity is something that anyone can come to recognise without faith, i.e. by the lights of human reason alone. In this post, I want to explore what human dignity means, and in particular, what it means for Christians. Read more

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