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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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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

Wednesday Reflection: Brother will be divided against brother

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
When Jesus speaks about persecutions in Luke 21:12-19 he is not speaking about the violence when Christians are attacked by external forces but rather the persecution that his apostles and early disciples, to whom he was speaking, would experience at the hands of those children of Israel who refused to accept his Gospel as truth or receive him as the Messiah. 
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
In the parable of the Ten Gold Coins, Jesus tells a story of a nobleman going off to obtain his kingship. He gave ten servants a gold coin each, telling them to,
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Will Many Be Saved?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection: Now is the time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today’s Gospel would suggest that the saying ‘It’s never too late’ is actually not true. Read more

Speaking the Truth in Love - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The accusations levelled at the pharisees by Jesus can just as easily be asked of us: are we sincere and faithful in following God’s commandments? Is our religious practice one which buffs up the outside of the cup, leaving the inside tainted and impure? Asking these questions of ourselves can ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes as the pharisees, but can also tell us something about how we are to speak the truth to others.  Read more

Mere children

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Anarchy or legalism - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Are you an anarchist or a legalist? I suspect you’d want to reply, ‘neither’. But the reality is that most of us are at least inclined towards one or the other. Today’s Gospel appears to strike a blow for those with legalist tendencies, but of course it is no more an endorsement of legalism than ‘The truth will set you free’ is an endorsement of anarchy. As ever, the Catholic picture is much richer than a simple ‘either/or’. Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seating plans can be a headache. We had one recently for our Doorkeepers’ Dinner. The trouble with seating plans is that if there is a logic underlying the arrangement of people, inevitably someone will feel overlooked whereas others who may have been preferred can feel embarrassed about the honour they have received to the exclusion of someone else. It usually ends in some sense of awkwardness. Incidentally, about six months ago I was at a friend’s birthday where a table plan was displayed with nice little name cards. My friend proudly announced that  had placed people randomly, which seemed to me to defeat the point. I suspect that where he sat was not entirely random. Anyway, the point is that it matters to us as social creatures where we sit, and it was no different in Jesus’s day.
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Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

At the Last Supper, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and prayed, saying: “I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” These words of Jesus in today’s Gospel present a threefold puzzle to the modern world.   Read more

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