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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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Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today’s solemnity might be thought of as the original feminist feast day: for today we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph, but we do so by reference to his being ‘the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary’. In fact, St Joseph’s whole life is defined by his relation to others. He is the earthly father of Jesus, and the husband of Mary, and we celebrate him today for his fidelity and courage in fulfilling his obligations to each of them. He is a great counter-witness to modern obsessions with autonomy. He did not realise himself in being free from obligations to others, but in lovingly fulfilling them. Read more

Knowing Jesus, Knowing Yourself - First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Who are you? Who do you belong to? Who do you really trust? These are just some of the questions posed by today’s readings. For many of us the answers may roll off the tongue quickly: a child of God, God, and God again. However, Lent invites us to ask various additional questions of ourselves: ‘But, do I really live like that? Is there a gap between what I profess and how I live? Am I afraid that giving myself over entirely to God might diminish me in some way? Do I keep a part of me back from God? Am I only giving myself provisionally to God? For me, at least, the answers become less comfortable at this point, and I’m grateful that the Church invites us into this period of preparation for not just Easter, but ultimately, our Day of Judgment.
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Second time lucky? - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today's gospel (Mark 8:22-26) is rather perplexing: it is the only miracle account in which the healing is not initially completely effective, and it is not immediately clear what we are supposed to make of this. In fact, some suggest that it is for this very reason that Matthew and Luke omit this event from their gospels. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I have my own views and peculiar behaviours with regards to eating food. That is, I usually avoid eating leftover foods, especially if in a Dominican community!I think about how the food which has been left over from previous days has been stored, and I think I’d rather not risk food poisoning. Does that make me obsessed with things that defile from outside the body?  Read more

Scorsese's Silence and the example of St Paul Miki and Companions

Monday, February 06, 2017

Today we celebrate the martyrdom of St Paul Miki and Companions, twenty-six among the thousands of Japanese martyrs. Their courage, fidelity, and unrelenting love of Christ even to the point of death are an example to us all. On the Feast of these martyrs, my usual feelings, of concern for what I would do in the same position and admiration for what these martyrs did in fact do, have been made particularly acute by Martin Scorsese's film Silence, and all the conversation it has generated. Read more

Mary the Mother of God

Sunday, January 01, 2017
Today’s Solemnity sends a shiver down the spine of many evangelical and other Christian denominations. The motivation behind their concern is legitimate, but the concern is ultimately ill-founded. The concern is that Catholic veneration (often misconceived as worship) of Mary is a distraction, at best, from worship of Christ, and, at worst, is like the addition of another person to the Trinity. Read more

Christmas 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

From all of the Godzdogz team, may we wish you a blessed Christmas! Our final video this week comes from Br Samuel Burke, OP. This will be our last blog post for 2016. Join us again in 2017! Read more

Advent Videos: Saturday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Albert Robertson, OP, offers us our sixth reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Luke Doherty, OP, offers us our fifth reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Joseph Bailham, OP, offers us our fourth reflection. Read more

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