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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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Good Friday: the Bridge of Sighs

Friday, April 14, 2017

Upon the sacred beams of the cross Our Lord let out his last breath, bowed his head, and died. On this day we gaze once again upon the cross which has been hidden from our eyes beneath a purple veil. The crucified body of the Saviour, with arms stretched out, hangs like a piece of cheap meat exposed to the elements. 
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Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday is a day filled with tradition. Firstly, if you pop along to your Cathedral, there will be in the morning a Chrism Mass where holy oils (which are used for the anointing of the sick, confirmations and in baptisms) are consecrated by the Bishop in the presence of the diocesan clergy. This signifies the unity of the presbyters with their Bishop, who himself sits in union with all the bishops of the world and the Pope, who is the Vicar of Christ. Read more

Wednesday of Holy Week: Spy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Any wrong or insult which is done to us would surely be made worse if it was done by a friend. It’s one thing to be cheated by a stranger but quite another when that person has spent the past few years enjoying our company, sharing meals with us and even participating in some of our life’s most significant moments. Indeed, so grave is the crime of treachery that Dante assigned it the lowest, and most terrible, circle of Hell. Read more

Tuesday of Holy Week

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In today’s Gospel Jesus raises the question of his betrayer. The disciples, gathered at the Last Supper, are perplexed at this. And, if we think about it, we too might share in their puzzlement. Why did Judas, who had the great privilege in following the Son of God, choose to betray Jesus? Was it jealousy, disillusionment, lust for money, or simple human weakness? Whatever Judas’ motivations, Jesus knew that it was coming. As God, He always knew it was coming.  Read more

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

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

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

Wednesday of 1st Week of Lent audio reflection

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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Knowing Jesus, Knowing Yourself - First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Who are you? Who do you belong to? Who do you really trust? These are just some of the questions posed by today’s readings. For many of us the answers may roll off the tongue quickly: a child of God, God, and God again. However, Lent invites us to ask various additional questions of ourselves: ‘But, do I really live like that? Is there a gap between what I profess and how I live? Am I afraid that giving myself over entirely to God might diminish me in some way? Do I keep a part of me back from God? Am I only giving myself provisionally to God? For me, at least, the answers become less comfortable at this point, and I’m grateful that the Church invites us into this period of preparation for not just Easter, but ultimately, our Day of Judgment.
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