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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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Saints Peter and Paul

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One of my lesser known hobbies is my involvement in the Blackfriars Hall Wine Society. The idea is very simple: to know the land and taste its fruits.  Read more

Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday is a day filled with tradition. Firstly, if you pop along to your Cathedral, there will be in the morning a Chrism Mass where holy oils (which are used for the anointing of the sick, confirmations and in baptisms) are consecrated by the Bishop in the presence of the diocesan clergy. This signifies the unity of the presbyters with their Bishop, who himself sits in union with all the bishops of the world and the Pope, who is the Vicar of Christ. Read more

Psalm 102

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Psalm 102 is a psalm of a somewhat depressing nature. Do we know what this person who wrote the Psalm was experiencing? Loneliness, depression, gloom, wretchedness. G.K Chesterton wrote that Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless”.
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Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I have my own views and peculiar behaviours with regards to eating food. That is, I usually avoid eating leftover foods, especially if in a Dominican community!I think about how the food which has been left over from previous days has been stored, and I think I’d rather not risk food poisoning. Does that make me obsessed with things that defile from outside the body?  Read more

Psalm 51, 'Miserere Mei Deus'

Saturday, February 04, 2017

It is fitting that I start our reflection on the Psalms this year with Psalm 51. In Psalm 51, we find the passage that begins the Liturgy of the Hours, “Lord open my lips, and we shall praise your name” (Ps 51:15). It is a piece of text which is of importance to those who pray the Divine Office, as these words are supposed to be the first words you say at the start of the day. So, think of penitence with this Psalm!  Read more

Advent Videos: Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Luke Doherty, OP, offers us our fifth reflection. Read more

Beyond Caravaggio exhibition

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
In the parable of the Ten Gold Coins, Jesus tells a story of a nobleman going off to obtain his kingship. He gave ten servants a gold coin each, telling them to,
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St Martin de Porres

Thursday, November 03, 2016
A son of a freed slave from Panama and a Spanish nobleman, Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.  Read more
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