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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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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Today's Gospel presents us with an abbreviated form of the series of petitions that we call the Our Father. The longer, more familiar form, is found in the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew's Gospel (6:5-13). Matthew’s Our Father has seven petitions whereas Luke's has five. When faced with two non-identical texts, we are bound to ask why the difference? Read more

Golden Jubilee celebrations in Oxford

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Thursday evening, the brethren of the priory in Oxford celebrated the golden jubilee of profession of brothers David Sanders (until very recently, the Student Master), Simon Tugwell, and Timothy Radcliffe. Read more

Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is the Angel's share? In the process of making whisky, barley is milled and then mixed with yeast and water.  Read more

Following Christ, no 'ifs', no 'buts' - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Things Jesus never said: ‘Finish up what you’re doing, and, when it’s more convenient for you, follow me!’ No, the time is now and nothing is to be preferred to following Christ at this very moment: neither goodbyes, nor the burying of the dead. Read more

Solemn Professions 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yesterday in Oxford the English Province witnessed and celebrated the solemn professions of four of our brothers (and all contributors to Godzdogz): Toby Lees, Luke Doherty, Samuel Burke, and Jordan Scott. Read more

Ethics of nuclear energy

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Nuclear power is a hot topic in the media at the moment, as our old power stations (coal as well as nuclear) are ageing and need to be closed in the next few years. This will mean less and less generating capacity to maintain national electricity supplies. Fewer stations mean at some point in the near future there will be a risk of power cuts. At the same time, we need to have secure and affordable energy supplies, whilst reducing carbon emissions. Building new nuclear power stations is, broadly speaking, a moral issue. The main ethical problem with nuclear energy (even with strict operational safety) is the stewardship of nuclear waste. Future generations may not have the technology to safely contain or dispose of highly radioactive waste, and theologically it would be immoral to adopt a view that we should leave the problem to future generations.
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Pope St Gregory the Great

Saturday, September 03, 2016

‘For the love of God’: it’s an utterance of exasperation at an unwelcome or intimidating task and said with sincerity characterises the proper disposition for all Christians to all their labours, both welcome and unwelcome. As far as unwelcome tasks go, being Pope when all your deepest desire – save for doing God’s will – is to be a monk living a quiet, cloistered life of prayer, has to pretty high up there, and, therefore I think ‘for the love of God’ would have been a very appropriate papal motto for Pope St Gregory the Great. Read more

First Profession 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yesterday the English Province of the Order of Preachers celebrated the first profession of our brother, Albert Robertson, who has now completed his noviciate, and will move to Oxford imminently to settle in before the full swing of academic studies begins. Please keep brother Albert in your prayers, and for the six men who intend to begin the noviciate in early September. Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Adrian Fortescue

Saturday, August 27, 2016

After a remarkable life, Bl. Adrian Fortescue died a martyr at the strike of an executioner's blade at Tower Hill in 1539. A husband and father, a Justice of the Peace, a Knight of the Realm, a Knight of Malta, and a Dominican Tertiary (Lay Dominican); he was at once a loyal servant of the Crown so far as he could be, but still more, he was a man of unshakeable faith.  Read more

St Bartholomew

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
As with several Apostles, we know next to nothing about St Bartholomew. His name features in the list of Apostles in the Synoptic Gospels, but is absent in the Gospel according to St John.  Read more
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