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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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Pentecost

Sunday, June 04, 2017
Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, often referred to as the birthday of the Church. It’s also the titular feast of our priory, the Priory of the Holy Spirit; so please do say a prayer for us and for our work. Read more

Psalm 15 (16) - the Resurrection Psalm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Continuing our series on the Christological Psalms, we now turn to look at Psalm 15 (16) sometimes referred to as ‘The Resurrection Psalm’ and this seems the most appropriate aspect under which to consider this Psalm as we celebrate the Resurrection during this joyous Octave of Easter. Read more

Monday of Holy Week - The challenge of Lazarus

Monday, April 10, 2017
A line in today’s Gospel, which I’d previously never really given much attention, struck me forcefully today: ‘Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus’ (John 12:11). Read more

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Br Toby Lees, OP, offers us a short audio reflection for this Wednesday of the fourth week of Lent 2017. Read more

Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today’s solemnity might be thought of as the original feminist feast day: for today we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph, but we do so by reference to his being ‘the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary’. In fact, St Joseph’s whole life is defined by his relation to others. He is the earthly father of Jesus, and the husband of Mary, and we celebrate him today for his fidelity and courage in fulfilling his obligations to each of them. He is a great counter-witness to modern obsessions with autonomy. He did not realise himself in being free from obligations to others, but in lovingly fulfilling them. Read more

Knowing Jesus, Knowing Yourself - First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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Second time lucky? - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today's gospel (Mark 8:22-26) is rather perplexing: it is the only miracle account in which the healing is not initially completely effective, and it is not immediately clear what we are supposed to make of this. In fact, some suggest that it is for this very reason that Matthew and Luke omit this event from their gospels. Read more

Scorsese's Silence and the example of St Paul Miki and Companions

Monday, February 06, 2017

Today we celebrate the martyrdom of St Paul Miki and Companions, twenty-six among the thousands of Japanese martyrs. Their courage, fidelity, and unrelenting love of Christ even to the point of death are an example to us all. On the Feast of these martyrs, my usual feelings, of concern for what I would do in the same position and admiration for what these martyrs did in fact do, have been made particularly acute by Martin Scorsese's film Silence, and all the conversation it has generated. Read more

Penitential Psalms - Psalm 6

Monday, January 16, 2017

The homilies we hear at Mass rarely touch on the psalms. I don’t think this is because there is not enough to say about them, but rather because there is too much. Once you become immersed in the poetry and rich imagery of the psalms, you would easily fill the time allocated for the homily . . . and then some. But perhaps this is not the only reason? Perhaps it’s because our thoughts on the psalms are as intensely personal as those of the psalmist and we feel we’d be over-sharing, or making the homily or reflection too much about us. Perhaps also it’s because the way a particular psalm affects us varies so much with our mood and relationship with God that it seems hard to say something general about the psalm without being reductionist or just doing exegesis. Read more

Mary the Mother of God

Sunday, January 01, 2017
Today’s Solemnity sends a shiver down the spine of many evangelical and other Christian denominations. The motivation behind their concern is legitimate, but the concern is ultimately ill-founded. The concern is that Catholic veneration (often misconceived as worship) of Mary is a distraction, at best, from worship of Christ, and, at worst, is like the addition of another person to the Trinity. Read more
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