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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

Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 19, 2017

As we continue on our journey through this Lenten season, the Church offers us in the lectionary the account of Our Lord meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. The question for us today is: For what do we thirst? Read more

The Feast of St Patrick

Friday, March 17, 2017

On 17 March, people across the world will discover their long-forgotten Irish ancestry, or blithely ignore their lack of any relation to the Emerald Isle, and join together in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. But what’s really behind the celebrations? 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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Psalm 130

Saturday, March 04, 2017

If not necessarily their favourite, Psalm 130 - the De profundis - is certainly a psalm very familiar to the English Dominican Friars. In our priories each day we pray this psalm for all brothers and sisters of the English Province throughout the centuries who have died on a given particular day. It is also said each week during Compline—night prayer—on Wednesday nights. Read more

Ash Wednesday audio reflection

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

This Lent the student brothers will be offering short audio reflections on Wednesdays throughout the Lenten season. Today, Br Albert Robertson, OP, begins our recordings with a reflection for this day, Ash Wednesday. Read more

Psalm 38

Monday, February 27, 2017

Psalm 38 is the prayer of one who has reached rock bottom. It is the lament of a supplicant who cries out to God for help in physical pain and mental anguish.  Read more

Psalm 102

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Psalm 102 is a psalm of a somewhat depressing nature. Do we know what this person who wrote the Psalm was experiencing? Loneliness, depression, gloom, wretchedness. G.K Chesterton wrote that Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless”.
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The Chair of St Peter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It may seem rather odd, the idea of celebrating the feast of someone’s chair. I suppose, in fact, it is actually very odd. However, in the context of whose chair we celebrate, namely St Peter, we should take note of a deeper significance than a superficial celebration of a piece of furniture. Read more
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