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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 Chair of St Peter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It may seem rather odd, the idea of celebrating the feast of someone’s chair. I suppose, in fact, it is actually very odd. However, in the context of whose chair we celebrate, namely St Peter, we should take note of a deeper significance than a superficial celebration of a piece of furniture. Read more

Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  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

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

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

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the last month we have celebrated the Feasts of, variously, St Aloysius, St Cyril of Alexandria, St Irenaeus, St Anthony of Padua, the Birthday of St John the Baptist, the Apostle Matthew, and the Apostle Bartholomew. Next week we will celebrate the Feasts of St Maria Goretti and St Elizabeth of Portugal. All great saints, whose examples we would do well to follow, and all worthy of their individual feast days. Yet, on today’s Solemnity, we might then be tempted to ask the question of why Saints Peter and Paul share a Feast and don’t get their own?

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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 Matthias

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We don't know many things about Matthias. The only thing that Luke says about him in the Acts of the Apostles is that he is one of the men who have accompanied the Apostles during the life of Jesus from his baptism until the ascension and that he is a witness of his resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). In fact, Luke, thanks to the person of Matthias, says more about what it is to be an Apostle. Because Matthias is indeed an apostle, added to the eleven others after the death of Judas. Read more

The Conversion of St. Paul

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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