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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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Great Dominicans: Pope St Pius V

Sunday, April 30, 2017

St Pius V reigned from the Chair of St Peter for six years (1566-1572) during a period of remarkable social, political and religious upheaval, both for the Church itself and the wider world. The impact of the Protestant Reformation was still being felt, the reforms of the Council of Trent had to be enacted and war in Europe was made all the more perilous by the expansion of the Islamic Caliphate to the east. Read more

Harry, England and St. George

Monday, April 24, 2017

What is the point of having a patron saint of a country? Isn’t it funny, the idea of being a saint in charge of the welfare of a nation, like a minister or an official? So, someone dies after a virtuous life, struggling against the dragons of the human weakness and very often after torture and persecution and as reward God granted to him a rather political career… Well, I suppose that in the twentieth century with the creation of many states and autonomous entities there must have been an increase in the demand for patron saints… Read more

Psalm 15 (16) - the Resurrection Psalm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Continuing our series on the Christological Psalms, we now turn to look at Psalm 15 (16) sometimes referred to as ‘The Resurrection Psalm’ and this seems the most appropriate aspect under which to consider this Psalm as we celebrate the Resurrection during this joyous Octave of Easter. Read more

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Most of us today are familiar with the cliche, ‘spiritual but not religious’. It’s such a cliche, that I’m not actually sure that people still say it, if they ever really did. But despite the cliche, it does reveal something about a particular mentality, not just in modern society, but of humans in general.  Read more

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

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 09, 2017
In our Lord’s passion every single character could be the object of a deeply christological interpretation on the part of theologians and experts in the biblical texts. Every single detail is telling us something about the consequences of the Mystery of the Incarnation. For that reason everything could be the ideal object of a meaningful reflection. Read more
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