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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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The Life of Virtue - Sobriety

Monday, September 07, 2009
At first sight the notion of sobriety as a virtue might seem rather dull, or even worse, puritanical, but St. Thomas is careful to make clear that this is not at all what he has in mind by this virtue of moderation in drink. Like all virtues, sobriety is a good and useful habit that is essential for those who are in the pursuit of a happy and peaceable life. The scriptures are full of exhortations and encouragements that counsel us always to show restraint when drinking, so as to avoid drunkenness, a state that is the cause of so much strife, violence and unnecessary heartache in our society: “wine drunk to excess is bitterness of soul, with provocation and stumbling” (Sirach 31:29). The need to know one’s limit in drinking and the harmful consequences of disregarding it can be plainly in any of our city centres on a Saturday night, where anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related fights are an all too frequent occurrence. Read more

The Life of Virtue - Virtue in Sport?

Saturday, September 05, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Fasting

Thursday, September 03, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Abstinence

Wednesday, September 02, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Honesty

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I met an old lady once who had given her life to the 'care of the well body'. This was how she described her subject and as far as I remember she was the first person in the United States to have a teaching position in it. She was not a medical person nor was she simply a beautician. Her task was to encourage people to keep well, and to present themselves well, with proper self-esteem and with the dignity appropriate to a human person. The life of virtue ought to move us towards this, a self-regard that is neither arrogant nor selfish, a humility and graciousness that are neither self-deprecating nor irritating.
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The Life of Virtue - Comments & Questions I

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Diffidence

Sunday, August 23, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Temperance

Friday, August 21, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Perseverance

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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The Life of Virtue - Patience

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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