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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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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

Questions for... Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“God is there and I talk to Him a lot!” Fr. Richard Ounsworth OP confessed to me. For a while, therefore, I interrupted this mystical dialogue, in order to interview Fr. Richard and garner an account of his vocation and his life in the Dominican Order. For that interruption, I should make confession later! But in a sense, this mystical dialogue with God has been going on, as step by step during the conversation, God's presence in his life has been made manifest. Read more

Questions for...Nicholas Crowe OP

Thursday, November 26, 2015

couple of months ago, Brother Nicholas Crowe OP started in his role as Vocations Promoter for the English Province. In this online interview we find out about Brother Nick's current apostolate and the inspiration behind his work. Read more

Diaconal Ordinations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On Saturday 11th July--the feast of St Benedict--Brs Oliver Keenan, O.P., and Matthew Jarvis, O.P., were ordained to the diaconate by Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, William Kenney.  Read more

Book Review: Radical Discipleship by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Monday, July 13, 2015
In our Consecrated Life series we have been looking at numerous aspects of this way of life through a Dominican lens. It is always helpful, however, to have another perspective and in his excellent book, Radical Discipleship – Consecrated Life and the Call to Holiness, Francis Cardinal Arinze distils the fruits of decades of experience as Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal, in which time he has visited and encountered countless religious and their communities from a multitude of congregations and orders. Drawing upon this experience he seeks to give us something of what is fundamental to all modes of the life and thus to examine the very heart of what it means to live the consecrated life. 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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Good Shepherd Sunday homily

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yesterday was 'Good Shepherd' Sunday, the day when the Church reflects on the role of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd and asks us to pray for vocations. Here is the homily given on that theme by Fr Richard Ounsworth OP at the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Blackfriars, Oxford. Read more

Consecrated Life: Prophetic Witness

Thursday, March 05, 2015

If three years ago before I joined the Dominicans, I told my friends that I was called to be a prophetic witness, after about 5 minutes (being the time it would have taken for the laughter to die out), a question along the following lines would probably have cropped up: “You, a prophet, but you can’t even tell the future?!” Read more

Year of Consecrated Life 2014-2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today marks the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life! This is an opportunity for us all in the Church – no matter what our vocation in life – to think about and pray for those who live a consecrated life, whether in a religious order, as a lay consecrated person, or in any of the myriad ways that Christians commit themselves to a life of service in the footsteps of Christ. Read more

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