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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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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

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 09, 2017
In our Lord’s passion every single character could be the object of a deeply christological interpretation on the part of theologians and experts in the biblical texts. Every single detail is telling us something about the consequences of the Mystery of the Incarnation. For that reason everything could be the ideal object of a meaningful reflection. Read more

Returning to Rome: a 650th Anniversary

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Today marks a rather curious anniversary in the history of the Catholic Church. On this day 650 years ago Pope Urban V became the first bishop of Rome to set foot within his diocese for over sixty years. Read more

Christological Psalms: Psalm 2

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Having considered some of the penitential themed psalms, we now begin a new theme in our series, namely, the Christological psalms. Read more

Psalm 143

Friday, March 31, 2017

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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 the Annunciation of the Lord

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The mystery of the Incarnation tells a story of impossible contradictions: God becoming man, eternity under the bondages of the time, perfection manifested in a limited creature, etc. That the Son, the second person of the mysterious Trinity of God, becomes man entails a renewal of the image of creation, a new stage in the artistic process in which God holds History. Like a kind of self-portrait, the creature turns now to be the Creator, the painting to be the painter and that is something that requires much more that simple human reason to grasp. Read more

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Br Jordan Scott, OP, offers us a short audio reflection for this Wednesday of the third week of Lent. 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

Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 19, 2017

As we continue on our journey through this Lenten season, the Church offers us in the lectionary the account of Our Lord meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. The question for us today is: For what do we thirst? Read more

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