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Dangerous prayer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is Christ's prayer: the prayer he taught us − "thy will be done" (Matt. 6:10) −  and the prayer he acted out in his Passion − "not as I will, but as thou wilt.''(Matt. 26:39) Christian prayer is thus fully human, for we bring with us all our desires, but also fully divine on account of that weighty qualification: "but as thou wilt". It remains dangerous, for it leads us to the cross, but dangerous only to sin. Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Refreshment, Light and Peace

Monday, February 22, 2021

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá OP | In our new Lenten series, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Pablo writes about a house in the countryside where he spent a considerable part of his childhood... Read more

Stations of the Cross at Blackfriars

Sunday, February 21, 2021

News | Starting tomorrow, the community at Blackfriars will post a series of video meditations based on the Stations of the Cross of our priory church in Oxford. You can follow them in the link below. Read more

But for Wales, Richard?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion OP | 'The Gospel asks us to deny ourselves, to cast off selfish ambition and greed. What goal are you working towards? What treasure are you gathering, that which lasts for heaven or that which fades?' Br Thomas reflects on today's gospel. Read more

New Lenten Series: An Oasis for the Soul

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

News | This Lent, the student brothers invite you on a journey to those places where they withdraw to be alone with God, places of significance for each of them, and so to encourage you to turn this season into an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord. Read more

Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar?

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Vocations | Are you considering a vocation to the Order of Preachers? If so, the following video might interest you. Read more

The crumbs alone are enough

Thursday, February 11, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Jesus' words in today's Gospel may appear harsh, but they elicit from the Syrophoenician woman a statement of true and simple faith, the recognition that all that He deigns to give us is all that we require. Read more

Take nothing for the journey, except a staff

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | In the second of our Thursday Gospel meditations, Br Pablo reflects on the motif of the 'journey' in the Gospels as an image of our life as Christians. Read more

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