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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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Laudato Si: "The Common Good"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I remember well the political uproar in my youth when a Dutch bishop stated that if someone was too poor to feed her children, she could steal a loaf of bread.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Manez de Guzmàn, Brother of St. Dominic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Brothers can be a mixed bunch. In the Bible, alas, it starts badly for brothers... Read more

Laudato Si: "Global Inequality"

Sunday, October 18, 2015
We live in a world marked by gross inequality. 
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6th Anscombe Memorial Lecture - Joseph Boyle

Friday, October 16, 2015

On 11 September, MPs in Westminster voted to reject the Assisted Dying (No.2) Bill by a majority of 330 votes to 118. 

The legislation was criticised for failing to safeguard vulnerable people, who might feel pressured to end their life, and evidence was heard from states that have already allowed physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia.

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Laudato Si: "The Gospel of Creation"

Friday, October 16, 2015

I remember my civil engineering Professor tell a story of a construction project he was involved in, at a site used previously by a chemical works. The construction works started off on schedule and under budget. The site was cleared, and the workers started piling steel beams into the ground to stabilise the foundations. Then the project hit a snag. The steel started to dissolve in the sulphuric acid left behind in the soil by the previous occupant. Decades of irresponsible handling of toxic chemicals had left the land polluted.  Read more

Teresa of Avila - Doctor, Contemplative and Reformer

Thursday, October 15, 2015

St Teresa was born in Avila, in 1515. The 16th century was a time of turmoil in many areas of life, not least in the Church, but also, thanks to women like Teresa, a time of reform and renewal. Her mother died when she was 13, and despite her father’s protestations, she entered the Carmelites, aged 20. However, she soon became very ill and had to be sent home to recover at home for a number of years. Undeterred, when well enough, she returned to the Carmel and through a life of continual striving to love God more and more, she received extraordinary spiritual experiences and wonderful insights into the life of prayer. These insights are still a great gift to the Church thanks to her engaging writings.

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Great Dominicans: St. Dominic

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Some saints can be easily depicted by their charismatic eccentricity, their wonderful skills, or by their influential works, which have been included thereafter in the tradition of the Church. Unfortunately this is not the case with St. Dominic.  Read more

Hypocritcal Pharisees and Lawyers

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Unsurprisingly, given the presence of some former lawyers in the Blackfriars community, today’s gospel generally causes a few wry smiles when it is preached and a few glances in the direction of the lawyers. Read more

NEW SERIES: Laudato Si

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Earlier this year, Pope Francis published his much-anticipated encyclical on the Care for our Common Home, Laudato Si. This challenging encyclical letter grapples with the seemingly intractable matters of environmental concern and human ecology. Stark questions lie at the heart of the Pope’s challenge. What is the purpose of our life in the world? What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of world do we want our children and grandchildren to live in? What are our responsibilities to God, to one another, and to His creation?
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New Godzdogz Team

Monday, October 12, 2015

At the beginning of a new Academic term, Godzdogz is proud to announce a new team! Blackfriars, Oxford welcomes two new members to the Studentate both of whom will contribute to our blog: Br. Christopher Wetzel from the Province of Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western Province of the US), and Br. Stefan Mangnus who joins us from the Dutch province. Read more

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