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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God Matters: Heaven, Hell & Purgatory

Saturday, February 22, 2014
God Matters? Tricky Teachings and Difficult Doctrines Read more

God Matters: The Beginning and End of Life

Saturday, February 22, 2014
God Matters? Tricky Teachings and Difficult Doctrines,  Read more

Fra Angelico: an illustrated talk

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Why give it all up for God?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Channel 4 has a daily 90-second programme in which individuals are invited to contribute their “take” on various religious and moral questions. This week’s theme is Why give it all up for God?, and Br Nicholas Crowe, one of the Godzdogz team, is among the contributors: Read more

The Paschal Triduum – Tenebrae

Friday, March 29, 2013
As well as its three liturgical high points - the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Liturgy of the Passion, and the Easter Vigil - these three days of the Triduum building up to Easter also see the continuation of the regular round of daily prayers which we call the Divine Office (or Liturgy of the Hours). The public celebration of the Office punctuates the days of monastic and religious communities such as Blackfriars, and during the Triduum it takes a special form - stark, austere, capturing something of the horror of Christ's suffering, and our response to it. During these days, the morning offices of Matins and Lauds are celebrated together and called Tenebrae (which means 'darkness' in Latin): no lights are used other than the altar candles and a special candlestick, on which the candles are gradually extinguished as the office progresses (though for the sake of those who wish to join us for its celebration, it's not as dark outside as it could be!). Read more

The Paschal Triduum – Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Friday, March 29, 2013
On the afternoon of Good Friday, recalling the time of day when, so the Scriptures tell us, Jesus died on the Cross, the Church gathers to commemorate that climactic moment in the history of our salvation. As we heard in the homily this afternoon at Blackfriars (a recording of which you can hear below) we are confronted with the shocking truth that God has died for us. We venerate the Cross as a sign that we recognise, in this instrument of humiliating suffering, Jesus' triumph - quite literally, his exaltation, as he had hinted several times in the course of his ministry (cf. John 8:28, 12:32). Read more

Why pray to God?

Saturday, March 23, 2013
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Stations of the Cross: The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Friday, March 22, 2013

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Stations of the Cross: Jesus falls the second time

Friday, March 15, 2013
Br. Nicholas Crowe offers a reflection on the Seventh Station of the Cross,  Read more

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent - The Testimony of Jesus Christ

Thursday, March 14, 2013
John 5:31-47 Read more
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