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Godzdogz

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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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Saturday, July 04, 2015

The lives of saints can seem remote from our own. When I was becoming more interested in my faith from the age of 16, I found it difficult
 to cultivate devotion to a particular saint.
 That changed in my late teens when, at a
 Catholic youth gathering, I heard a talk
 about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who died in 1925 at just 24. After hearing only a few remarks about his life, for the first time I found a saint to whom I could relate.  Read more

Consecrated Life: Vocations

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Last year I gave a presentation on vocations to a group of teenagers in a Catholic school. At the ‘Q&A’ session one of the pupils asked me, why can’t you just have a job as well as do what you do? I didn’t really have an answer for him, apart from “we’re not allowed to”. The fact is, he did have a point. What is it that Dominicans do all day? Or generally speaking, what is it that consecrated religious actually do? Although that seemed to be a basic question, I did not have much of an answer other than we could not be consecrated religious, if we also had full time jobs, our own homes and personal property.
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Consecrated Life: Mission

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Is mission for consecrated religious or for everyone?

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St. Thomas More and the Dominicans

Monday, June 22, 2015

More at BlackfriarsToday we commemorate the Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, two heroic men who made the ultimate sacrifice for the faith in the tumultuous court of Henry VIII. I’ve been asked to write something about St. Thomas More. With some regret, therefore, I shall leave St. John Fisher for another day but before doing so, might I recommend Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ excellent book. Read more

Consecrated LIfe: asceticism

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Interview with ultra-marathon runner - Fr Bruno Clifton OP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bruno Clifton OPAs the Dominican Friars Training Fund helps pay for the cost of our training, the Student Brothers are grateful for any contributions made towards it. When a Dominican friar said he was going to run an ultra-marathon for this cause, wanted to learn more about his challenge. With just a week and a half until the big day, we asked our brother Bruno Clifton OP the following questions about his ultra-marathon fundraising efforts. Read more

Consecrated Life - Difficulties

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Since joining the Dominicans, a little under three years ago, one of the comments I have most often heard, from people outside the Order, is, “It’s great that you have had some experience of the real world” – this is, I presume, with reference to the seven years that I spent working as a solicitor for a City law firm and probably not the two gap years, either side of University! Read more

Consecrated Life: Joy

Sunday, June 07, 2015
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St Peter Martyr

Thursday, June 04, 2015
St Peter Martyr was a thirteenth-century Dominican inquisitor in northern Italy who through his life and martyrdom in 1252 achieved such renown and veneration among Christians that he was canonized less than one year after his death, the fastest canonisation in the history of the Church. Indeed so celebrated was St Peter that Dominican houses were mandated by the General Chapter of the Order to display his image alongside that of St Dominic in their churches and chapels.
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Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What is the point of the covenant God makes with his people? In other words, who is God to love his people in the way he chooses to love us? Some would argue that the question is devoid of interest because God remains a mystery, and there is no point in knowing why God is like he is and does what he does. After all, God is God and we can live quietly on earth with or without him. Read more

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