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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

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The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019 (II)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

Advent Art: Adoration in the Forest, by Filippo Lippi

Thursday, December 19, 2019

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.All three comings of Christ described by St Bernard seem to be represented in this painting, but especially the intermediate coming of Christ to the individual soul: in the shadowy forest of the human heart, shrouded in the gloom of sin, it remains within our capability to clear a small glade into which Christ may come to dwell. Read more

The Fruits of Study: Michaelmas Term 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Study is a fundamental aspect of Dominican life, not merely as an academic exercise but as a privileged means to deepen our contemplation and sharpen our preaching. One of the mottos of the Order of Preachers is Veritas, ‘truth,’ which reflects our conviction that the search for truth can lead us to God. With term now finished, the student brothers share particularly useful or striking insights gained in the course of their studies. Read more

Advent Art: Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, by Rembrandt

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | Rembrandt’s depiction of the prophet Jeremiah appears to be one of despair in the face of adversity. Br John Bernard considers whether this really is the case, and how the artist’s understanding of Jeremiah’s interior life might teach us something during Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Dream of Joseph, by Rembrandt

Saturday, December 14, 2019

By Br Joseph Bailham, O.P. | Br Joseph reflects on the importance of St Joseph for the season of Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thursday, December 12, 2019

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P. | Br Pablo draws some lessons from the Little Prince for this time of Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zechariah, by Alexander Ivanov

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P. | Br Albert reflects on Gabriel’s appearance to Zechariah in the Temple and what it teaches us about Advent as a season for the purifying of our desires. Read more

The Immaculate Conception: A hidden baptism

Monday, December 09, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.Br Bede thinks about what the Immaculate Conception might have to do with the shadier side of Jesus' family history. Read more

Advent Art: Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, by Pieter Bruegel

Saturday, December 07, 2019

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.In this Advent art post, Br Gabriel Theis reflects on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (1563) and its implications for our attitude towards Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Light of the World, by William Holman Hunt

Thursday, December 05, 2019

By Br. Bede Mullens, O.P. | Br Bede reflects on Christ's coming to the soul of each Christian, and on the paradoxes of Advent and Christmas. Read more

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