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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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Palm Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Christian are often exhorted to unite themselves with the Cross of Christ. We are told to ‘offer it up’ in the face of suffering and inconveniences: in all tribulation, says St John of the Cross, ‘remember Christ crucified and be silent’. It would be a mistake to see St John’s advice as a rebuke or a callous dismissal of our pains, even if the ‘offer it up’ advice of some others is precisely that. For St John, like any and every genuine mystic of the Catholic Church, knew that the Cross was anything but the Father’s callous dismissal, disinterest or even, as some Protestants claim, desertion of Christ in his suffering. 
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Wednesday Gospel reflection: Abiding with the Word

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

In today’s Gospel we heard an extraordinary dialogue between Jesus and a group of 'Jews who had believed in him’. This last point is important: we have here an antagonistic dialogue between Jesus and his own followers, not some Pharisees or anyone like that.
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Self-idolatry and the dangers of 'I'm Catholic, but . . . '

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Everybody knows that Jesus was a nice guy who wanted to do away with laws, rules and regulations so that we could live freely without interference, never having to do anything we didn’t feel like doing. Everybody knows that . . . unless they have read the Gospels. Read more

Third Sunday of Lent: Don't be an Orc; let God's love make you great

Sunday, February 28, 2016

There’s an all-too-common line of thought that says, ‘I’m not a bad person; I try not do others any harm’ as if that’s the extent of the moral life. I overheard it in a conversation only the other day. There are two things that bother me when I hear this and they’re really two sides of the same coin. The first is that the person has too high self-regard and the second is that they have too little self-concern. This attitude relies on the common misconception that sin is primarily about doing other people harm. Read more

Recommended books for Lent 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Here are some books which the Godzdogz Team has found nourishing spiritual reading. Do share your own ideas with us, and let us know if you found any of these helpful this Lent! Read more

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