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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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Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Baruch

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Many people can relate to the experience of hearing God’s word most clearly in time of desperate need and apparent disaster. This certainly seems to be the case of the prophet Baruch, a figure who appears elsewhere in the Old Testament as an assistant or secretary to the prophet Jeremiah, but who here delivers the prophecy he personally received from God. The message is one of hope, but a hope born of trust and repentance.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Zephaniah

Monday, November 20, 2017

We are approaching the Feast of Christ the King, coming at the end of the month. In this feast, we are invited to renew our faith in the promises of Christ, that he will return again to judge the world, to bring human life to its final culmination. We believe that his return will be the moment of truth, par-excellence, when all that is hidden will revealed. Guardini writes in his Eternal Life, Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Habbakuk

Monday, November 13, 2017
Habakkuk is a surprisingly Dominican minor prophet: his image appears twice on the fifth century wooden doors of Santa Sabina, one of our convents in Rome, and home to the Master of the Order.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Nahum

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

One of the books commonly neglected in the Bible is the Book of the Prophet Nahum. Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Obadiah

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Book of Obadiah is one of the shortest books in the Bible—only 21 verses long—and is one of the few Old Testament books not read in the Mass. You will find the book between the Book of Amos and the Book of Jonah in your Bibles. Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Ruth

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ruth is one of the smallest books of the bible but with many treasures to be unearthed. Ruth is a Moabite who married one of the two sons of Elimelech, who himself was from Bethlehem in Judah. Elimelech and his two sons both died, leaving Elimelech’s wife Naomi and her daughters in law Ruth and Orpah to fend for themselves. Naomi dispairs and tells her daughters-in-law to leave her for ‘the hand of the Lord has turned against me’, Orpah leaves but Ruth ‘clung to her’. Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Judges

Sunday, October 15, 2017
The Book of Judges covers the span of Israel’s history from the death of Joshua, after the conquest of the Promised Land, until the establishment of the Kingdom. There is no unified leadership in the nation at this time, and each man owes his allegiance to his tribe and family rather than to a central authority. The tribes of Israel seem to fight just as often with each other as with the surrounding Gentiles, and only occasionally do they federate to fight back a foreign oppressor. Read more

New Year, New Team, New Series

Sunday, October 08, 2017

The summer is now over, and the new academic year is just about to begin here at Blackfriars, Oxford. We have said goodbye to some student brothers, and we have welcomed new ones. Above is a photo of us all (Back from L to R: Brothers Isaac, Albert, Cuthbert and Andy, who is from the Western Province of the United States; Front from L to R: Brothers Joseph, Thomas, and Vincent-Antony). Read more

Saints Peter and Paul

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today marks the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. A simple statement would be that St Paul preached to the pagans or gentiles, and St Peter, the apostle appointed by Jesus, preached to the Jews. This is alluded to in the Preface of today's Mass, and comes from Galatians 2:7-8. 
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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The great feast of Corpus Christi is a liturgy that was prompted by the vision of a young girl, St. Juliana of Liège, was composed by the literary and theological genius, St. Thomas Aquinas, and draws us into a wondrous mystery at the heart of our faith: the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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