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Godzdogz

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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Jubilee Vespers at Westminster Cathedral

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yesterday the Dominican family celebrated Solemn Vespers with His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, and in the presence of the Most Reverend Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Preachers, at Westminster Cathedral.  Read more

St Catherine of Siena and the Future of Europe

Friday, April 29, 2016

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the online journal of the Jesuits, Thinking Faith, on the topic of St Catherine of Siena and the future of Europe. You can access the article here Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Genesis tells us that God began his act of creation with light: “‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.”   Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Imagine a situation where you are in the middle of a seven-mile walk, and a traveller begins walking alongside you and another friend on the journey. You have never met this stranger before, but he seems to know more about you than is comfortable. “What are you discussing?” is how Jesus opens the conversation with Cleopas, one of the disciples walking to Emma's 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

Tenebrae: Holy Saturday

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The following video is from Tenebrae of Holy Saturday last year. In this video we hear what are known as the preces, which are sung after the Benedictus of Lauds before the final prayer. Read more

Tenebrae: In Monte Oliveti

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Holy Triduum at Blackfriars begins with the morning service of Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday. As the candles are progressively extinguished, we turn our minds to the events of Our Lord's Passion.  Read more

Gospel Reflection: Spy Wednesday: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

With thirty pieces of silver, Judas betrays our Lord to the Chief Priests. Such a price has become shorthand in the popular imagination for perfidy and treachery, a feeble allusion to Judas’ ultimate betrayal. But, we might ask, why this price? Why not fifty pieces of silver? Or ten? Read more

Year of Mercy: Holy Year

Monday, March 21, 2016

The ecclesial tradition of a holy year or jubilee year began with Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.   Read more

Palm Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Christian are often exhorted to unite themselves with the Cross of Christ. We are told to ‘offer it up’ in the face of suffering and inconveniences: in all tribulation, says St John of the Cross, ‘remember Christ crucified and be silent’. It would be a mistake to see St John’s advice as a rebuke or a callous dismissal of our pains, even if the ‘offer it up’ advice of some others is precisely that. For St John, like any and every genuine mystic of the Catholic Church, knew that the Cross was anything but the Father’s callous dismissal, disinterest or even, as some Protestants claim, desertion of Christ in his suffering. 
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