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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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Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Haggai

Monday, November 27, 2017

Haggai suffers from pretty terrible neglect. There’s very little traditional liturgical use of the text by either Jews or Christians, and it suffers from an almost complete lack of exegetical interest. Among the few notable exceptions is Pseudo Epiphanius who in his Lives of the Prophets has Haggai as one of the first to return from the Babylonian exile, the first to sing ‘Alleluia’ in the ruins of the temple. Part of the reason for this neglect is because by most standards he seems something of a failed prophet.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Habbakuk

Monday, November 13, 2017
Habakkuk is a surprisingly Dominican minor prophet: his image appears twice on the fifth century wooden doors of Santa Sabina, one of our convents in Rome, and home to the Master of the Order.  Read more

Trinity

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some time ago someone told me what I’m sure is a myth, that many bishops selected Trinity Sunday as a good day to issue a pastoral letter, so as to spare clergy the difficulty of preaching on the Trinity. It’s certainly true that a number of popular analogies tend to get us into tricky waters fairly quickly:
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Christological Psalms: Psalm 118: 20-25

Monday, May 08, 2017

Psalm 118 is one of the most frequently recited psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours, being sung on some Sundays either in its entirety at Morning Prayer or at Midday Prayer divided into three. Its association with Sunday, the Day of Resurrection, isn’t surprising, for it speaks throughout of triumph over all kinds of adversities, and of confidence in the salvation offered by God. The verses of the psalm are used in all kinds of liturgical occasions, and both Matthew and John have the crowds shouting, ‘Blessed be he who enters in the name of the Lord,’ (118:26) at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. 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

Psalm 143

Friday, March 31, 2017

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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

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

Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 11, 2017

To my shame, I’ve never actually been to Lourdes. Nor have I been to any of the other apparition sites, or great shrines of Marian devotion; the notable exception being, of course, England’s own Nazareth, Walsingham, which I’ve been to many times over. But this lack of experience has always left me feeling quite at sea whenever I have to talk about Lourdes, or Fatima, or really any other place associated with Our Lady.  Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection - Conversion of St Paul

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul is an important annual anniversary for me, falling one day shy of the day I was received into the Catholic Church. Paul’s conversion, recorded in today’s first reading, can hardly have been painless. The once-powerful man has to be led by the hand to Damascus, and receive the ministry of a religious movement he wanted to quash. All of this must happen before the scales literally fall from his eyes. But the difficulties do not end there. In time Paul must build up relations with the other apostles, and with the members of the Church in Jerusalem who will still associate him with the death of the protomartyr Stephen. His life becomes one of continual travel around the Mediterranean, where he is flogged five times, beaten with rods three times, pelted with stones, and thrice shipwrecked. He describes his life as one of constant danger, toil, and full of hunger and thirst (2 Corinthians 11:21-28).

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