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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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Dominican Priesthood

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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The Mother of a Saint

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko was beatified in Warsaw last Sunday. An account of his great witness to the Gospel can be found here. One of the most striking images of last week's celebration was his 100-year-old mother, Marianna, praying at his tomb. Her witness reminds us that the saints are not some abstract collection of super-men and wonder-women but real people like us.  Read more

The Year of the Priest - Father Jerzy Popiełuszko

Monday, April 26, 2010
It was announced recently that Fr Jerzy Popieluszko is to be beatified in Warsaw on 6th June. We re-publish here a post on him from our series for the year of the priest. It was first published in October 2009.
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Celebrating Priesthood - Fr Vincent McNabb OP

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The first time I heard the name Vincent McNabb was at my initial meeting with the Dominican vocations director at the priory in London. On the wall was a painting of a Dominican friar, a frail old man in big black boots and a shabby habit, a picture of someone exuding holiness. This was Vincent McNabb. I was told various anecdotes about him – how he used to always sleep on the floor, how he had only one habit, home-spun from the wool of sheep reared in a nearby field. He had a great distrust of modern technology prefering to wash his habit in the bath with carbolic soap rather than resorting to a washing machine. Often he would put his habit on without waiting for it to dry, so that he would leave a trail of water behind him as he wandered around the priory.
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Celebrating Priesthood: Fr Gerald Vann OP

Sunday, April 11, 2010
When I was an undergraduate studying theology in London my chaplain, Fr Tim Calvert OP, gave me a copy of The Divine Pity as spiritual reading. I remember being surprised at how slim a volume it was and I immediately began to read it. What struck me most of all was the punchiness of the text: this was clearly a man who was not afraid to challenge his readers with the hard hitting truth. I found myself drawn to this book and had many questions for Fr Tim about its author. As I was hoping to join the Order at this time, it was a thrill to think that I might one day belong to the same province as this priest who had such insight into the human condition and wrote so beautifully.  Read more

Celebrating Priesthood - Monsignor Georges Lemaître

Friday, April 09, 2010
One of greatest fallacies of the "new atheists" is that modern cosmology and physics prove the mendacity of religion and therefore people of faith ignore or even attack scientific inquiry. Last September I was lucky enough to be at the University of Edinburgh Student Union's freshers fair and came upon the secularist society's stall. Amongst their promotional paraphernalia were badges saying "I Believe in the Big Bang". I, of course, was very happy to take one of these badges and, to the horror of these 'rational' youths, put it on my habit. I think they would be further mortified if they realised that the 'hypothesis of the primeval atom' or the Big Bang Theory was proposed by a Belgian Catholic priest in 1933. Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître was born in 1894 and was educated by Jesuits. At the age of 17 he entered the Catholic University of Leuven to study civil engineering. His studies were interrupted when the Kaiser invaded Belgium in 1914. The young Georges enlisted as an artillery officer in the Belgian army and served throughout the great war with distinction, being awarded the Croix de Guerre with palms.
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Celebrating Priesthood - Father Cormac Rigby

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Celebrating Priesthood in Fiction - Father Sean

Monday, February 08, 2010
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Celebrating Priesthood - Monsignor Thomas Gavin

Saturday, February 06, 2010
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Saints This Month - 31 January: St John Bosco

Sunday, January 31, 2010
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