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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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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seating plans can be a headache. We had one recently for our Doorkeepers’ Dinner. The trouble with seating plans is that if there is a logic underlying the arrangement of people, inevitably someone will feel overlooked whereas others who may have been preferred can feel embarrassed about the honour they have received to the exclusion of someone else. It usually ends in some sense of awkwardness. Incidentally, about six months ago I was at a friend’s birthday where a table plan was displayed with nice little name cards. My friend proudly announced that  had placed people randomly, which seemed to me to defeat the point. I suspect that where he sat was not entirely random. Anyway, the point is that it matters to us as social creatures where we sit, and it was no different in Jesus’s day.
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Great Dominicans: St. Antoninus

Thursday, May 19, 2016

St. Antoninus Pierozzi was called Antonino – little Anthony – by his contemporaries because of his diminutive stature. He may have been physically small, but he was a spiritual giant. Read more

On fire or burnt out?

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Do you feel on fire with faith, or a little burnt out? If the latter, perhaps we can find hope in the events that we celebrate today.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Mary Mancini of Pisa

Friday, May 13, 2016

If you were told of someone, aged twenty-five, twice-widowed, who had lost all seven of her children before their teenage years, you wouldn’t begrudge them seeking to hold on to what little they still had left. But holiness often confounds our expectations, and Blessed Mary Mancini’s life (1355-1431) is a case in point.

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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

At the Last Supper, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and prayed, saying: “I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” These words of Jesus in today’s Gospel present a threefold puzzle to the modern world.   Read more

Interesting Churches: All Saints, Tudeley

Monday, May 09, 2016

Not far from where I grew up in Kent, the 'garden of England', there is a lovely little church dedicated to All Saints. When I led the Dominican Way walking pilgrimages in 2014-15 from Arundel to Canterbury, I made sure our route took us past this church at Tudeley. I didn't tell the pilgrims much about it in advance; I just let them discover this gem for themselves. Read more

The Saint and the Chopped up Baby

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The title of Laura Smoller’s book “The Saint and the Chopped-up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe” is perhaps designed to grab attention. Saint Vincent Ferrer (b.1350, d. 1419) was a Dominican friar, and is Patron Saint of builders, plumbers and construction workers. Saint Vincent is said to have traveled across Europe and was supposedly able to speak in tongues, with those in different countries able to understand him. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

On this day in 1535 there died at Tyburn three Carthusian monks, the first of many martyrs of the English reformation. Of these men and women martyred for the Catholic faith from 1535 to 1680, 42 have been canonised and a further 242 declared blessed, but the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned. One Dominican friar, Robert Nutter, is counted among the martyrs declared blessed.  Read more

Interesting Churches: St. Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

This is the first post in a new series in which the Student Brothers will write about “Interesting Churches”. The title is deliberately broad in scope so as to allow for variety between the posts. A church might be interesting because of its place in history, its architecture or interior, or because of a special significance it has to a particular brother. I think that the church I have chosen to write about, St. Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster, has all of these qualities. Read more

Jubilee Vespers at Westminster Cathedral

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yesterday the Dominican family celebrated Solemn Vespers with His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, and in the presence of the Most Reverend Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Preachers, at Westminster Cathedral.  Read more

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