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God Matters?

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Continuing our series of evening talks and discussions to mark the Year of Faith, we are able to share with our more distant readers the most recent talks given by the brothers here at Blackfriars, Oxford. Those who are able are most welcome to join us next Tuesday at 8pm to hear Fr Richard Ounsworth address the question of whether Jesus is really God.  Read more

God Matters: The Role of Women in the Church

Thursday, February 27, 2014
On Tuesday evening, Blackfriars, Oxford continued its series of talks, "God Matters? Tricky Teachings and Difficult Doctrines". Sr. Ann-Catherine Swailes OP spoke on The Role of Women in the Church. As on previous occasions, the talk was very well attended! The talk was followed by tea and coffee, after which, the speaker and audience returned for questions (not recorded). Read more

Gospel Joy: Avoiding Spiritual Worldliness

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Gospel Joy: Following the example of Our Lady

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
From the very beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, he has placed great emphasis on Mary, the Mother of God. At the end of his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" he refers to her as the Mother of Evangelization, showing her role not only in the earthly life of Jesus, but also her presence and role over the centuries in the mission of Church. Jesus dying on the cross entrusted her to his disciple John, through whom he entrusted his Mother to the whole Church and all believers. Through this act Mary, the Mother of God, became also our Mother. Read more

Gospel Joy: serving the poor

Sunday, February 23, 2014
It comes as no surprise that the Gospel of Christ often carries an uncomfortable message, and although there is joy at the end, there are hardships and endurances along the way. Pope Francis has reiterated calls for a poor Church that is in solidarity with the poor, in Evangelii Gaudium. The Church has always called for a preferential option for the poor, ever since the first apostles gave alms to the poor Christians have placed charity at the forefront of putting the Gospel into practice. For all Catholics, the message is the same: we are required to give preference to the poor and to serve them as equals in God’s eye. This is not an optional extra. Pope Francis emphasises that [the cry for justice] means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor (Evangelii Gaudium §188). 
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God Matters: Heaven, Hell & Purgatory

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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God Matters: The Beginning and End of Life

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Fra Angelico: an illustrated talk

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Gospel Joy: Loving one another

Monday, February 17, 2014
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-5) Read more

Gospel Joy: Communicating the Joy of the Gospel today

Saturday, February 15, 2014
“I have said these things to you, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11). Read more
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