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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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Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 27, 2016
"Stay awake" says the Lord at the beginning of Advent. Even though we do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return we are to live in a state of constant preparation, readying ourselves to greet him at the chosen hour. Read more

Vietnamese Dominican Martyrs: Sts Ignatius Delgado, Vincent Lim, Dominic An-Kham, and Companions

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The reason behind martyrdom is faith in Jesus Christ, at least from the martyr’s point of view. He is ready to be murdered for his belief. From the other side’s point of view, it could be justice, defence of the social order, etc. since the martyrs represent opposition to the establishment: a new creed; new bases for justice and social behaviour; a cultural intromission etc. But what would be the opinion of an external observer like us?
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Wednesday Reflection: Brother will be divided against brother

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
When Jesus speaks about persecutions in Luke 21:12-19 he is not speaking about the violence when Christians are attacked by external forces but rather the persecution that his apostles and early disciples, to whom he was speaking, would experience at the hands of those children of Israel who refused to accept his Gospel as truth or receive him as the Messiah. 
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
In the parable of the Ten Gold Coins, Jesus tells a story of a nobleman going off to obtain his kingship. He gave ten servants a gold coin each, telling them to,
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St Albert the Great

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
‘Today, perhaps more than ever before, the world is eager to make a clean sweep of its past… In such [a world], what use to celebrate the praises of St Albert? The very name sounds worse than medieval; it sounds Victorian.’ So said the famous Fr Ronald Knox in the sermon he preached at our priory here in Oxford on 16 May 1932 at the opening of a solemn triduum in honour of the newly canonised St Albert the Great.  Read more

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.  Read more

St Martin de Porres

Thursday, November 03, 2016
A son of a freed slave from Panama and a Spanish nobleman, Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.  Read more

Dies irae, dies illa

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

We must pray for the dead: it is precisely the reason for today’s commemoration. When our day comes we will endure the judgment over the responsibility that we have in the history of our lives, and after that, one of the possible outcomes could be to be sent to Purgatory and there receive an intense session of “soul-lifting” in order to enter in the joy of the saints in an appropriated manner… But such a simple and naïve description of the doctrine of Purgatory might not manifest the deepness of the terrifying mystery of the death and even less would motivate a fruitful prayer.         Read more

All Saints

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
As our holy father Dominic lay dying, he addressed his brothers saying ‘Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.’ In this, he echoed the desires of saints across the ages, to spend eternity doing good on earth. The saints, being more closely united with Christ continue to intercede for us with the Father, and through a loving concern for us, help us through this world.  Read more
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