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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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The annunciation and the act of study

Friday, February 05, 2016
To study is itself an act of hope, since it expresses our confidence that there is a meaning to our lives. And this meaning comes to us as a gift, a Word of Hope promising life. There is one moment in the story of our redemption which sums up powerfully what it means to receive that gift of the good news, the Annunciation to Mary. Mary, in that meeting, that conversation with the angel, is a powerful example of what is meant by being a student.  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

The Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Today we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the temple. It is a feast that directs our gaze towards the Virgin Mary who placed her son at the beginning of his life under God’s disposal. It is a double-edged feast. On the one hand, Simeon sings his beautiful song about this child. On the other hand, he has a painful prophecy for Mary: “A sword will pierce your own soul, too” (Lk 2,35). Read more

St Thomas Aquinas and the mercy of God

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is fashionable in this Year of Mercy to relate everyone and everything to this single theological theme. But in the case of St Thomas Aquinas OP, there are very good reasons for doing so! Read more

Book launch

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yesterday, Blackfriars Hall hosted the book launch of two publications by Dominican friars of the Province of England.  Read more

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

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: Bernard Gui

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bernard Gui, or Bernard Guidoni was born in 1261 in Royères, France, and is one of the more well known Dominican inquisitors.  Read more

Questions for... Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“God is there and I talk to Him a lot!” Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP confessed to me. For a while, therefore, I interrupted this mystical dialogue, in order to interview Fr. Richard and garner an account of his vocation and his life in the Dominican Order. For that interruption, I should make confession later! But in a sense, this mystical dialogue with God has been going on, as step by step during the conversation, God's presence in his life has been made manifest. Read more

Questions for... Peter Harries, O.P.

Sunday, January 17, 2016
I recently interviewed Peter Harries OP after the end of our Provincial Assembly in December 2015 in Oxford. Originally from Clevedon near Bristol, Peter lived there with his family until he moved to Manchester to study Mathematics at University. Peter mentioned that although he cannot remember anything about the more advanced material, “Statistics is about patterns of figures, and what you pick up in studying mathematics is how to notice patterns”. But rather than continuing in the line of work of mathematics, Peter joined the Dominican Order in 1978 and is currently a hospital chaplain.  Read more
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