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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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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The great feast of Corpus Christi is a liturgy that was prompted by the vision of a young girl, St. Juliana of Liège, was composed by the literary and theological genius, St. Thomas Aquinas, and draws us into a wondrous mystery at the heart of our faith: the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Most of us today are familiar with the cliche, ‘spiritual but not religious’. It’s such a cliche, that I’m not actually sure that people still say it, if they ever really did. But despite the cliche, it does reveal something about a particular mentality, not just in modern society, but of humans in general.  Read more

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The mystery of the Incarnation tells a story of impossible contradictions: God becoming man, eternity under the bondages of the time, perfection manifested in a limited creature, etc. That the Son, the second person of the mysterious Trinity of God, becomes man entails a renewal of the image of creation, a new stage in the artistic process in which God holds History. Like a kind of self-portrait, the creature turns now to be the Creator, the painting to be the painter and that is something that requires much more that simple human reason to grasp. Read more

The Chair of St Peter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It may seem rather odd, the idea of celebrating the feast of someone’s chair. I suppose, in fact, it is actually very odd. However, in the context of whose chair we celebrate, namely St Peter, we should take note of a deeper significance than a superficial celebration of a piece of furniture. Read more

Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  Read more

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.  Read more

Dies irae, dies illa

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

We must pray for the dead: it is precisely the reason for today’s commemoration. When our day comes we will endure the judgment over the responsibility that we have in the history of our lives, and after that, one of the possible outcomes could be to be sent to Purgatory and there receive an intense session of “soul-lifting” in order to enter in the joy of the saints in an appropriated manner… But such a simple and naïve description of the doctrine of Purgatory might not manifest the deepness of the terrifying mystery of the death and even less would motivate a fruitful prayer.         Read more

Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is the Angel's share? In the process of making whisky, barley is milled and then mixed with yeast and water.  Read more

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the last month we have celebrated the Feasts of, variously, St Aloysius, St Cyril of Alexandria, St Irenaeus, St Anthony of Padua, the Birthday of St John the Baptist, the Apostle Matthew, and the Apostle Bartholomew. Next week we will celebrate the Feasts of St Maria Goretti and St Elizabeth of Portugal. All great saints, whose examples we would do well to follow, and all worthy of their individual feast days. Yet, on today’s Solemnity, we might then be tempted to ask the question of why Saints Peter and Paul share a Feast and don’t get their own?

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The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle

Monday, January 25, 2016
Tertullian, no stranger to being victimised by his interpreters, called St Paul the “heretics’ apostle”, indicating the amenability of Paul’s writings to being turned against his own intentions.  Read more
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