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Doctors of the Church: Basil

Monday, March 19, 2018
"The love of God is not something that is taught, for we do not learn from another to rejoice in the light or to desire life, nor has anyone taught us to love our parents or nurses.” (Long Rules Q. 2) Read more

Examination of Conscience & the Divine Physician

Friday, March 16, 2018

Given that Lent is a time for greater focus on repentance, examining our consciences with renewed honesty is essential to obtaining that goal. I don’t know about you, but allowing myself to be more open about my own faults often feels scary. The process of getting to that state of honesty can feel a bit like dragging myself to the doctor’s office. In light of this, I have found it helpful to think of an examination of my conscience as being analogous to exploring my physical health with a first-rate medical doctor. In my experience, a good medical doctor is someone whose competency and empathy make me willing to tell that doctor anything I need to about my health, even things I might normally feel embarrassed about, because I believe that doctor is sincere and capable of giving me the right kind of care. Correspondingly, it can be helpful to think of examining one’s conscience as working with an outstanding doctor – the best doctor in existence.  Read more

Praying with Caryll Houselander in Lent

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Caryll Houselander was born in Bath on the Feast of St Michael the Archangel, 1901. Entering the Church at 7 years old, (hence calling herself ‘a rocking horse catholic’ in distinction to a ‘cradle catholic’), she became a writer, a poet, a mystic and a counsellor to many, particularly children, at the height of the blitz.  Read more

Praying with Almsgiving in Lent

Thursday, March 08, 2018
Here at Blackfriars, the other student brothers and I have chosen to blog about some of the ways our prayer can be aided during Lent. Given that almsgiving is one of the classic three pillars of Lenten observance, the other two being prayer and fasting, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the full meaning of almsgiving. Generally, it has been traditional to think of almsgiving primarily as the giving of material goods to the needy as an act of Christian charity. However, Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the most influential minds on our Catholic tradition, conceives of almsgiving as something broader, pertaining to a wide range of ways our fellow human beings can be needy.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: St Athanasius

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

God became a what we are in order to make us what he is’ – St Athanasius in The Incarnation of the Word Read more

Br Joseph's Solemn Vows

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Please pray for our brother, Joseph Bailham, OP, who made Solemn Profession last Friday here in Oxford. He made profession directly to the Master of the Order who was here on visitation. Pray for him, that God who has begun this good work may bring it to perfection; and please continue to pray for those in formation, and for vocations to our province. Read more

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