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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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Great dominicans: John Tauler

Thursday, March 10, 2016

It is not surprising that the Order of Preachers has historically been the home to men renowned and remembered for the power of their preaching.

Due to the diligent archival and transcription work of unsung scribes of ages past, some of the sermons of these great preachers have been preserved and can give us a unique way to encounter historical figures who otherwise might be reduced to a list of biographical data. In the case of the 14th century Dominican John Tauler, we have the great fortune to have a collection of eighty or so sermons on a variety of topics that are still worth reading today.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Henry Suso - The Acceptable Face of German Mysticism?

Monday, March 07, 2016
The Fourteenth Century Dominican, Henry Suso, is one of a trinity of famous Dominican “Founding Fathers” of German Mysticism, a form of spirituality prevalent in German speaking lands 1250-1470. The other two “Founding Fathers” were his teacher, Meister Eckhart, and his contemporary John Tauler. Of the three, Suso is the only one to have been Beatified: Pope Gregory XVI confirmed his veneration in 1831 on account of sustained popular devotion. Who was this German mystic? What makes him different to Meister Eckhart? Is he anything more than the acceptable face of German mystical theology? Read more

Year of Mercy: Bl. Jean-Joseph Lataste, OP

Monday, February 29, 2016
Jean-Joseph Lataste was born in Cadillac, near Bordeaux, in France in 1832. After his study, he became a civil servant. While working in various cities around Bordeaux, he was an active member of the Society of Saint Vincent of Paul. However, since he was a child, Jean-Jospeh was thinking about a possible vocation to the priesthood. During his study in Bordeaux, he got to know Lacordaire and turned to him when he started to deepen his vocation to religious life. Eventually, Jean-Joseph Lataste joined the Dominican Order in 1857, some 18 years after Lacordaire, who had re-established it in post-revolutionary France. Read more

Great Dominicans: Bernard Gui

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bernard Gui, or Bernard Guidoni was born in 1261 in Royères, France, and is one of the more well known Dominican inquisitors.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Six Stories, Six Martyrs

Friday, January 15, 2016
Today is the day of six stories. Stories of the lives of six men who had a lot in common. They were all Spanish. They were all Dominicans. They all lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were all missionaries to China, and they were all killed there between 1648 and 1748. Today is the day that we remember these six Dominican martyrs of China.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Jane of Orvieto

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Blessed Jane of Orvieto was born in Italy in 1264. Jane was a lay Dominican, visionary and prophet, known for her life of deep prayer. Read more

St Aelred of Rievaulx and friendship

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Last week I was working with another brother on a new liturgical book. Facing our two computer screens with keen concentration, we were taking delight in working together on a common project.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Agnes of Montepulciano

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

If you like Dominicans and good red wines then there are two very good reasons to visit Montepulciano. Situated on a hilltop in the Italian province of Siena, in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is famous throughout Italy and beyond for its superb red wine, not to be confused with the inferior wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is produced from the Montepulciano grape, but which grape, confusingly, has no links with the town other than a shared name. Read more

Great Dominicans: Robert of Uzes

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A native from Provence in the South of France, Robert d'Uzes was probably born in 1263. He joined the Dominican Order thirty years later in Avignon and travelled in France, Germany and Italy. But he died suddenly in 1296 in Metz in Lorraine. From 1293 until his death, he was granted revelatory graces and had visions, which he put in writing in two books, the Book of Visions and the Book of WordRead more

Great Dominicans: Albertus Magnus

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

St Albert is said to have been one of the last people to have known everything that was known in his day. That might be an exaggeration, but it’s certain that his interests and publications spanned every discipline of his time: from a best-selling work on rocks (de mineralibus), through to geometry, astronomy, friendship, law, love, language, not to mention extensive commentaries on the scriptures, it’s certainly fair to say Albert was universally learned.  Read more

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