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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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Advent Videos: Saturday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Albert Robertson, OP, offers us our sixth reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Luke Doherty, OP, offers us our fifth reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Joseph Bailham, OP, offers us our fourth reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Rafael Jimenez, OP, offers us our third reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Albert Robertson, OP, offers us our second reflection. Read more

Gaudete Sunday - 'It's not pink, it's rose!'

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gaudete Sunday, the day when priests all around the world exclaim: ‘It’s rose, not pink’, when, yet another parishioner, or mischievous sacristan, comments, ‘You look resplendent in pink, Father.’ Read more

Following Christ, no 'ifs', no 'buts' - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Things Jesus never said: ‘Finish up what you’re doing, and, when it’s more convenient for you, follow me!’ No, the time is now and nothing is to be preferred to following Christ at this very moment: neither goodbyes, nor the burying of the dead. Read more

Ethics of nuclear energy

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Nuclear power is a hot topic in the media at the moment, as our old power stations (coal as well as nuclear) are ageing and need to be closed in the next few years. This will mean less and less generating capacity to maintain national electricity supplies. Fewer stations mean at some point in the near future there will be a risk of power cuts. At the same time, we need to have secure and affordable energy supplies, whilst reducing carbon emissions. Building new nuclear power stations is, broadly speaking, a moral issue. The main ethical problem with nuclear energy (even with strict operational safety) is the stewardship of nuclear waste. Future generations may not have the technology to safely contain or dispose of highly radioactive waste, and theologically it would be immoral to adopt a view that we should leave the problem to future generations.
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Pope St Gregory the Great

Saturday, September 03, 2016

‘For the love of God’: it’s an utterance of exasperation at an unwelcome or intimidating task and said with sincerity characterises the proper disposition for all Christians to all their labours, both welcome and unwelcome. As far as unwelcome tasks go, being Pope when all your deepest desire – save for doing God’s will – is to be a monk living a quiet, cloistered life of prayer, has to pretty high up there, and, therefore I think ‘for the love of God’ would have been a very appropriate papal motto for Pope St Gregory the Great. Read more

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Recently I have started reading fairy tales again, prompted by GK Chesterton’s great love them, and, in particular those of George MacDonald. I have always enjoyed them, but my appreciation of them as an adult far outweighs that of my youth. One of the regularly recurring themes that I have become more aware of is that of destiny. To the reader it is clear what the hero or heroine is supposed to do. We also have a pretty good idea that they will end up doing what they are supposed to, albeit with an aberration or two along the way, and that the good will triumph in the end. The idea of destiny can easily be confused with predestination, but the thrill and drama of fairy tales lies in the important difference. With predestination the ending is inevitable, but with destiny it is only desirable.

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