Godzdogz Blog

The Godzdogz blog is run by the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, exploring the Catholic Faith and engaging with contemporary culture.

Below we share the most recent posts from Godzdogz, but you can search the full back catalogue at www.godzdogz.op.org

Listen and be surprised!

Zechariah becomes deaf and mute since he does not believe in the good news brought to him by the angel. Only when we open our hearts to the good news of the Gospel, we can find our vocation and be in relation with our brothers and sisters. Readings: Luke 1:57-66, 80 The following homily was...

Is anybody listening?

The Our Father is probably the prayer most well known and yet, we still struggle to pray. We find it hard to be motivated, it can feel like a one sided conversation. What is our prayer about? Does God speak to us? If he knows what we need, why does he want us to ask?...

Christ the High Priest

Christ offering himself to the Father is central to the meaning of the mass. As this eternal sacrifice is made present to us, the priest conforms himself to the words and actions of Christ the High Priest. Readings: Hebrews 2:10–18 The following homily was preached to the student brothers during compline. You can listen here...

May they all be one

At the end of his Farewell Discourse Jesus addresses his highest prayer to the Father so that we “may all be one”. In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, however, he also says that he did not come to bring peace, but division. How can our Lord have come to bring both unity and division,...

My Kingdom is not of this world

Our Lord’s Ascension reminds us that the Kingdom of Heaven is not of this world. As Christians, we must take care not to be deceived by false promises of an earthly utopia. Rather we should strive to follow in the footsteps of our Lord, who shows us the way to the true paradise, in Heaven....

What are Jesus’ commandments?

In a famous passage of his Confessions, St Augustine wrote: ‘Give what you command, and command what you will’. God’s commands are not given without his grace. Reading: John 15.9-11 The following homily was preached to the student brothers during compline. You can listen here or read below: https://www.english.op.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/OX1-3LY-2.m4a   What are Jesus’ commandme...

Dominican Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2022

Brothers from Oxford joined Dominicans from across the English Province for the first annual pilgrimage to Walsingham since 2019. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated Mass at the shrine at 12 midday. In the afternoon, the pilgrims, fortified by their picnic, processed the Holy Mile into Little Walsingham town. Br Bede wonders – why Walsingham? Bitter, bitter...

I know whom I have chosen

Christ’s knowing and loving is key to how we understand his act of washing the disciples’ feet. In today’s Gospel we learn that it is also key to what it means to be a disciple. Reading: John 13:16-20 This homily was preached to the student brothers during compline. You can listen here or read below: https://www.english.op.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/OX1-3LY-1.m4a...

What sign are you going to give us then?

‘You are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves’. Jesus’ disciples remember the sign, but quickly forget what it signified. The sacraments are efficacious signs. For us who depend on them, we are more at risk of the reverse problem: forgetting that they are indeed...

Rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven

St Patrick’s life was built on the conviction that the basis of preaching is found in the wonderful things God has done for us. Readings: Jeremiah, 1:1, 4-9; Psalm 116; Luke, 10: 1-12; 17-20 This homily was preached to the student brothers during compline. You can listen here or read below: https://www.english.op.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/New-Recording.m4a While there’s not...