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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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Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart

Friday, June 03, 2016

The heart is the centre of life, and each minute of our life is made possible by the beating of our heart. Not only does the Bible refer to the heart as that which is most personal to the individual, one’s feelings, joys and desires, but also one’s intelligence and will. One can only truly understand with the heart. The heart is the very centre of one's being.  Read more

Interesting Churches: Santia Maria de Eunate, Spain

Saturday, May 28, 2016
One of the joys of pilgrimage if, like me, you are not a meticulous planner, is that you are always stumbling across fantastic places that you have never heard of and know nothing about. When I walked the 1,100 miles from Arles to Santiago de Compostela in 2012, there were dozens of occasions when I came across a Church on the route and thought, ‘This place should be famous.’ Frequently, it would transpire that it was, and that I was just ignorant! Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seating plans can be a headache. We had one recently for our Doorkeepers’ Dinner. The trouble with seating plans is that if there is a logic underlying the arrangement of people, inevitably someone will feel overlooked whereas others who may have been preferred can feel embarrassed about the honour they have received to the exclusion of someone else. It usually ends in some sense of awkwardness. Incidentally, about six months ago I was at a friend’s birthday where a table plan was displayed with nice little name cards. My friend proudly announced that  had placed people randomly, which seemed to me to defeat the point. I suspect that where he sat was not entirely random. Anyway, the point is that it matters to us as social creatures where we sit, and it was no different in Jesus’s day.
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On fire or burnt out?

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Do you feel on fire with faith, or a little burnt out? If the latter, perhaps we can find hope in the events that we celebrate today.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Mary Mancini of Pisa

Friday, May 13, 2016

If you were told of someone, aged twenty-five, twice-widowed, who had lost all seven of her children before their teenage years, you wouldn’t begrudge them seeking to hold on to what little they still had left. But holiness often confounds our expectations, and Blessed Mary Mancini’s life (1355-1431) is a case in point.

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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

At the Last Supper, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and prayed, saying: “I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” These words of Jesus in today’s Gospel present a threefold puzzle to the modern world.   Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

On this day in 1535 there died at Tyburn three Carthusian monks, the first of many martyrs of the English reformation. Of these men and women martyred for the Catholic faith from 1535 to 1680, 42 have been canonised and a further 242 declared blessed, but the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned. One Dominican friar, Robert Nutter, is counted among the martyrs declared blessed.  Read more

Easter Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

On this Easter Sunday, Br Toby Lees, O.P., offers us a reflection on this joyful day. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection: Abiding with the Word

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

In today’s Gospel we heard an extraordinary dialogue between Jesus and a group of 'Jews who had believed in him’. This last point is important: we have here an antagonistic dialogue between Jesus and his own followers, not some Pharisees or anyone like that.
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Year of Mercy: Psalm 102(103)

Monday, March 14, 2016

“In the Psalms, we drink divine praise at its pure and stainless source, in all its primitive sincerity and perfection,” teaches Thomas Merton. I must confess that, whilst I’m sure Thomas Merton is right, I have had to learn to to love the Psalms. It certainly did not come automatically to me, although singing them together with the brothers helped me find a ‘technique’ for making their prayer my own. Over the years the Psalms collected in the Divine Office have become like old friends, ever fresh and ever new as they recur in their comforting cyclical regularity. In their familiarity—and despite their cyclical recurrence—they continue to surprise, comfort, console, and confront. It has been a gift and a delight to receive the obligation of praying them. 

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