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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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The Chair of St Peter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It may seem rather odd, the idea of celebrating the feast of someone’s chair. I suppose, in fact, it is actually very odd. However, in the context of whose chair we celebrate, namely St Peter, we should take note of a deeper significance than a superficial celebration of a piece of furniture. Read more

The Holy "Graffiti"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today the Order of Preachers celebrates the feast of Blessed John of Fiesole, also known as Fra Angelico, a recognised renaissance genius. Read more

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

Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 11, 2017

To my shame, I’ve never actually been to Lourdes. Nor have I been to any of the other apparition sites, or great shrines of Marian devotion; the notable exception being, of course, England’s own Nazareth, Walsingham, which I’ve been to many times over. But this lack of experience has always left me feeling quite at sea whenever I have to talk about Lourdes, or Fatima, or really any other place associated with Our Lady.  Read more

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

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

Psalm 51

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

Wednesday Gospel Reflection: The Prophet's honour

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

'And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household”.'
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection - Conversion of St Paul

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul is an important annual anniversary for me, falling one day shy of the day I was received into the Catholic Church. Paul’s conversion, recorded in today’s first reading, can hardly have been painless. The once-powerful man has to be led by the hand to Damascus, and receive the ministry of a religious movement he wanted to quash. All of this must happen before the scales literally fall from his eyes. But the difficulties do not end there. In time Paul must build up relations with the other apostles, and with the members of the Church in Jerusalem who will still associate him with the death of the protomartyr Stephen. His life becomes one of continual travel around the Mediterranean, where he is flogged five times, beaten with rods three times, pelted with stones, and thrice shipwrecked. He describes his life as one of constant danger, toil, and full of hunger and thirst (2 Corinthians 11:21-28).

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Andare a Canossa

Friday, January 20, 2017

The theme of Psalm 32, the second of the so-called penitential psalms, is something well known for everyone who has at least a simple vision of the Catholic faith. We could summarise the psalm as saying that God is good, we are bad, and God forgives us and frees us from our sins because He is good. Read more

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