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A radical call to conversion

Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In our Gospel today we hear Jesus the lawgiver of the New Covenant deepening and perfecting the Mosaic law. But the challenge he sets his followers is difficult, one that ultimately calls us to the very highest dignity, to imitate the perfection of the Father.

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An Oasis for the Soul | Mountains and Mosquitoes

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P. | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br John shares his love of the mountains, an obvious place to seek God but perhaps not an oasis in any conventional sense. Read more

St Joseph the Mousetrap Maker | Merode Altarpiece

Friday, March 19, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | The Merode Altarpiece has a curious depiction of St Joseph, the carpenter working hard on making mousetraps. It acts as a reminder of how our lives might always bear the image of the salvific work of Christ. Read more

The crumbs alone are enough

Thursday, February 11, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Jesus' words in today's Gospel may appear harsh, but they elicit from the Syrophoenician woman a statement of true and simple faith, the recognition that all that He deigns to give us is all that we require. Read more

Book Interview: Dominic White OP and the Theology of the Selfie

Thursday, January 07, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Fr Dominic White OP, resident in our Cambridge community, recently published a book on the Christian gaze and how it can speak to our modern day 'selfie culture'. In this interview, Br John asks him about the book, his inspiration for it, and how we might acquire what he calls the 'theotic gaze'. Read more

Godzdogz Advent Retreat - Preaching

Thursday, December 24, 2020

News | Below you can find the reflections preached during our Advent Retreat (17th-23rd December) by each of the student brothers. Read more

The Lord will build you a house (2 Sam 11:7)

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | What do we do when we hear the word of God? The image of the house on rock in today's Gospel is very familiar, but it is one whose familiarity only makes the message it bears all the more urgent. Read more

Indulgences - what they're about and why they matter

Friday, November 13, 2020
By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Are indulgences just a relic of the medieval imagination? Two articles of the Apostle's Creed might help make sense of a doctrine that is often quietly ignored. Read more

The Beatitudes - 2. Blessed are the those who mourn, for they shall be comforted

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Beatitudes | The second of our summer series on The Beatitudes from St Matthew's Gospel. Why should mourning bring us happiness? Read more

Cakes, Candles, and Christian Art

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In this episode of Not Just Theologians we speak with Fr Richard Conrad OP, a dogmatic and sacramental theologian, about his interest in art - both how the preacher can use art and when the preacher becomes an artist.  Read more

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