How to Hope – Advent Reflections

How to Hope – Advent Reflections

Advent | With Christmas almost upon us, the brothers reflect on what it means for Christians to have Hope.

Image: The Adoration of the Shepherds – Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)


O God, who gladden us year by year as we wait in hope for our redemption, grant that, just as we joyfully welcome your Only Begotten Son as our Redeemer, we may also merit to face Him confidently when He comes again as our Judge. Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect of Christmas (Vigil Mass)


The ‘Golden Nights’ of Advent are upon us as we enter its final week. The ‘O Antiphons’ are sung at Vespers; the Liturgy prepares us to celebrate the birth of Christ our Light and our Hope. In these days leading up to Christmas, the brothers reflect on the Christian virtue of Hope.

One reflection will be published each day, from 17th to 24th December.


You can watch or listen to these reflections either by visiting our YouTube page, by signing up on Hozana, or by clicking on the videos below.


Introduction | Br Bede Mullens OP

The Anchor | Br John Bernard Church OP

St Rita of Cascia | Br Alin Ardei OP

Personal Hope | Br George Dominic Gillow OP

Facing the Regrets of the Past | Br Reginald Herbert OP

Hope Amid Scandals and Crises | Br Jerome Johnson OP

Like A Child | Br John Peter Anderson OP

Tomorrow | Br Augustine Chen OP

The Godzdogz team consists of student brothers studying at Blackfriars Studium in Oxford.

Comments (1)

  • Robert Steele

    Thank you so much for these reflections. They provide much to ponder over this last week of Advent in preparation for the coming of Christmas tomorrow.

    If I might make an observation -these reflections all appeared in my inbox on 23rd December. It would have been better perhaps if the first one had been available at the beginning of the last week of Advent and thereafter each reflection on subsequent days in the same manner as ther final Tomorrow.

    Wishing you all the most Holy and Happy Christmas.


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