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Godzdogz

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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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

Joseph the Just Man

Friday, December 18, 2015

Yesterday, we heard about the ancestors of Jesus, including all those reprobate characters, noting that the genealogy of Christ was framed by two surprisingly good men: the man of faith, Abraham, at the beginning, and at the end, Joseph, the just man.  Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Economic Justice and the Dignity of the Worker

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Witness to justice and love

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16; Psalm 88:2-5,27,29; Romans 4:13,16-18,22; Matthew 1:16,18-21,24 or Luke 2:41-51

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