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Friday, December 30, 2011
Over the next few days, Godzdogz will be offering a couple of features on blessings. Today's reflection will look at some theological aspects of blessings, and in the days that follow there'll be a couple of concrete examples, blessings celebrated in ways that go beyond what happens in the Church building and reach into our every day lives. The use of blessings can both draw God nearer into our lives, and draw us closer to him who is the source of all blessing. Read more

The Holy Innocents

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
1 Jn 1:5-2:2, Ps 123:2-5,7-8, Mt 2:13-18
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is a powerful reminder of the great challenge the Incarnation presents to the world. Christ is the light of the world, a source of great hope and joy, but to people like Herod who prefer the powers of darkness, the Incarnation is a source of great fear. We might look back on a character like King Herod and find it hard to believe how anyone could do something of such unspeakable evil. Yet if we look around the world today, there are a number of respected academics, people like Peter Singer and Michael Tooley, who believe that killing infants can be justified. The reason they can get away with holding such views is because of their relevance to the abortion debate. In his book 'The ethics of Abortion,' Christopher Kaczor argues that it is difficult to defend abortion without defending infanticide. Therefore, those who believe that abortion is morally permissible may have more in common with King Herod than they would like to admit.Being totally against abortion doesn't mean that we should be insensitive to the serious difficulties many pregnant women find themselves in. The irony of the 'pro-choice' label is that many women who have abortions feel they have no choice. But because Christ came into the world to save us, the saying 'you're damned if you do and damned if you don't' no longer applies. Through the grace of Christ, we always have the power to choose what is holy and good. The Holy Innocents are witnesses to Christ's power to overcome darkness, a power that filled people like Herod with fear, but for those of us who believe, a power that fills us with hope and joy. Let us therefore pray that through the intercession of the Holy Innocents, all pregnant women may receive the grace to become loving mothers, that the unborn may receive every protection, and that there will be an end to all abortions. Read more

Christmas at Blackfriars 2

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas at Blackfriars

Monday, December 26, 2011

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Christmas Day - God became man so that men might become gods

Sunday, December 25, 2011

24th December - Zechariah: An Advent Conversion

Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Waiting in Hope: O Emmanuel

Friday, December 23, 2011
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Christmas Services at Blackfriars, Oxford

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Waiting in Hope: O Rex Gentium

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Continuing our series of pre-Christmas talks, Br Gregory Pearson offers a reflection on the great O antiphon for today, 22nd December, O Rex gentiumRead more

Waiting in Hope - O Oriens

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
As we prepare for Christmas, Br Matthew Jarvis offers a reflection on today's great O antiphon, O Oriens, in this video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz. Read more
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