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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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St Albert the Great

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
‘Today, perhaps more than ever before, the world is eager to make a clean sweep of its past… In such [a world], what use to celebrate the praises of St Albert? The very name sounds worse than medieval; it sounds Victorian.’ So said the famous Fr Ronald Knox in the sermon he preached at our priory here in Oxford on 16 May 1932 at the opening of a solemn triduum in honour of the newly canonised St Albert the Great.  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

St Martin de Porres

Thursday, November 03, 2016
A son of a freed slave from Panama and a Spanish nobleman, Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.  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

All Saints

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
As our holy father Dominic lay dying, he addressed his brothers saying ‘Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.’ In this, he echoed the desires of saints across the ages, to spend eternity doing good on earth. The saints, being more closely united with Christ continue to intercede for us with the Father, and through a loving concern for us, help us through this world.  Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Will Many Be Saved?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Now is the time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today’s Gospel would suggest that the saying ‘It’s never too late’ is actually not true. Read more

St. Teresa of Avila and the Red Flag

Saturday, October 15, 2016
It would be a terrible mistake to consider the testimony of this woman simply as such, the testimony of a woman, even though in current times nothing will be better guarantee of literary success. Teresa doesn’t need to be a woman to reach incredible fame in the public arena, for her… only God is enough. The great Carmelite Doctor and stubborn reformer of the custom of her Order cannot be trap in a net of ideological terminology and for that reason St Teresa never will be the patrimony of anyone. She is God’s alone.    Read more

Speaking the Truth in Love - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The accusations levelled at the pharisees by Jesus can just as easily be asked of us: are we sincere and faithful in following God’s commandments? Is our religious practice one which buffs up the outside of the cup, leaving the inside tainted and impure? Asking these questions of ourselves can ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes as the pharisees, but can also tell us something about how we are to speak the truth to others.  Read more

The 2016-2017 Godzdogz team

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new academic year dawns, which also means new additions to the Godzdogz team.   Read more

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