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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: 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

Second Wednesday of Advent - Easy yokes and light burdens?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

There have been many surprising things for me about life in the Dominicans. Perhaps the most surprising of all is that I now think I know less about God than I did before I entered the Order. In searching for God as He is, I’ve had to shed a lot of ideas about God as I wanted Him to be. I doubt I’m the first friar this has happened to, and in any event, nobody should want to take comfort in false notions, particularly not if you’re seeking to join an Order with the motto ‘Veritas’. Read more

Care of Our Common Home: talks

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Blackfriars Priory recently hosted talks on “Care of Our Common Home: Reflecting on Laudato Si’”. The speakers were Dr Austen Ivereigh (Catholic Voices) and Professor Paul Younger (Rankine Chair of Engineering, University of Glasgow).  Read more

Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

December is a paradoxical month, a month of endings and beginnings. 
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Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Br Samuel Burke, O.P., offers us a reflection for this Second Sunday of Advent.  Read more

Advent: St Birinus

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Sometimes you come across the name of a saint and think, “Who?!” St Birinus is probably one of those saints, at least if you’re not from the Oxford area (and even then!). Read more

Feast of St. Edmund Campion

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”  Read more

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