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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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Advent Videos: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Rafael Jimenez, OP, offers us our third reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Albert Robertson, OP, offers us our second reflection. Read more

Advent Videos: Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

During this final week of Advent, some of the student brothers are offering short video reflection to help aid your spiritual preparations for Christmas. Br Toby Lees, OP, offers us our first reflection. Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 18, 2016
As we rapidly approach the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord, it is always helpful to be reminded of Who we are actually expecting. Read more

What are you looking for? - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Advent is, above all, a time of waiting. A time when we enter into the long history of salvation, taking the part of the people of Israel as they awaited the Messiah. But one question we should ask ourselves during this season is ‘what are we waiting for?’ In one sense this is obvious - we await the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas. But asking ourselves what we are waiting for can help us enter more fully into the mystery of what we are soon to celebrate. Read more

Gaudete Sunday - 'It's not pink, it's rose!'

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gaudete Sunday, the day when priests all around the world exclaim: ‘It’s rose, not pink’, when, yet another parishioner, or mischievous sacristan, comments, ‘You look resplendent in pink, Father.’ Read more

Beyond Caravaggio exhibition

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The gospel reading from the First Sunday of Advent culminated with our Lord’s admonition to ‘Stay awake!’ This week we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah in the mouth of St John the Baptist describing his mission to prepare a way for the Lord, and make his paths straight. These are some of the words most often heard in the sacred liturgy throughout this holy season, and reflect its penitential character: a call to prepare ourselves for the threefold coming of Christ: His coming at Christmas, His coming in the heart of each believer, and in His return in judgement at the end of time. Read more

Feast of St. Andrew

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If somebody closes his eyes and for a moment thinks in a Spanish soldier the resultant image would depict under a characteristic white flag with the cross of St. Andrew, a dark-haired man with a long and twisted moustache, silver plate armour and the typical helmet of the conquistador, a long sword or and arquebus, killing Indians or burning protestant churches (or in the English version, sunk in the English channel after the defeat of the Armada).  Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 27, 2016
"Stay awake" says the Lord at the beginning of Advent. Even though we do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return we are to live in a state of constant preparation, readying ourselves to greet him at the chosen hour. Read more
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