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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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Tuesday in Holy Week

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

By Br Andy Opsahl | Given the grim, painful aspects of Christ’s Passion and their reminder to us of the darkness of human sin, it can be easy to approach Holy Week as something heavy and draining, emotionally. Read more

Monday in Holy Week

Monday, March 26, 2018
By Br Joseph Bailham | Traditionally Monday of Holy Week is known as ‘Fig Monday’ because the Gospel of the day used to be the account in St Mark’s Gospel of Christ cursing the fig tree. Currently in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite we are given the account in St John’s Gospel of St Mary Magdalene anointing the feet of Our Lord in Bethany whilst at supper with the recently raised-from-the-dead Lazarus.
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Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday marks the opening of the most dramatic, most important, and most holy time of the Christian year, for we celebrate the great mystery of our salvation sacramentally entering the events of the Sacred Triduum.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Basil

Monday, March 19, 2018
By Br Vincent Antony Löning | "The love of God is not something that is taught, for we do not learn from another to rejoice in the light or to desire life, nor has anyone taught us to love our parents or nurses.” (Long Rules Q. 2)
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Examination of Conscience & the Divine Physician

Friday, March 16, 2018

Given that Lent is a time for greater focus on repentance, examining our consciences with renewed honesty is essential to obtaining that goal. I don’t know about you, but allowing myself to be more open about my own faults often feels scary. The process of getting to that state of honesty can feel a bit like dragging myself to the doctor’s office. In light of this, I have found it helpful to think of an examination of my conscience as being analogous to exploring my physical health with a first-rate medical doctor. In my experience, a good medical doctor is someone whose competency and empathy make me willing to tell that doctor anything I need to about my health, even things I might normally feel embarrassed about, because I believe that doctor is sincere and capable of giving me the right kind of care. Correspondingly, it can be helpful to think of examining one’s conscience as working with an outstanding doctor – the best doctor in existence.  Read more

Praying with Caryll Houselander in Lent

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Caryll Houselander was born in Bath on the Feast of St Michael the Archangel, 1901. Entering the Church at 7 years old, (hence calling herself ‘a rocking horse catholic’ in distinction to a ‘cradle catholic’), she became a writer, a poet, a mystic and a counsellor to many, particularly children, at the height of the blitz.  Read more

Praying with Almsgiving in Lent

Thursday, March 08, 2018
Here at Blackfriars, the other student brothers and I have chosen to blog about some of the ways our prayer can be aided during Lent. Given that almsgiving is one of the classic three pillars of Lenten observance, the other two being prayer and fasting, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the full meaning of almsgiving. Generally, it has been traditional to think of almsgiving primarily as the giving of material goods to the needy as an act of Christian charity. However, Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the most influential minds on our Catholic tradition, conceives of almsgiving as something broader, pertaining to a wide range of ways our fellow human beings can be needy.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: St Athanasius

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion | ‘God became a what we are in order to make us what he is’ – St Athanasius in The Incarnation of the Word Read more

Solemn Profession 2018

Sunday, March 04, 2018

News Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford.  Read more

Praying with Savonarola in Lent

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

People are often quite surprised to discover that when Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati became a Dominican tertiary he took the name Girolamo Savonarola. On the face of it, their personalities and character are quite different, and while Bl Pier Giorgio could certainly be boisterous, he certainly does not seem to have the kind of temperament that one would associate with Savonarola. Read more

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