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Godzdogz

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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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The great feast of Corpus Christi is a liturgy that was prompted by the vision of a young girl, St. Juliana of Liège, was composed by the literary and theological genius, St. Thomas Aquinas, and draws us into a wondrous mystery at the heart of our faith: the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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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Pentecost

Sunday, June 04, 2017
Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, often referred to as the birthday of the Church. It’s also the titular feast of our priory, the Priory of the Holy Spirit; so please do say a prayer for us and for our work. Read more

Ascension

Sunday, May 28, 2017
The major reason why we always find farewells unpleasant is that we feel our life is not going to be the same without that person. This is particularly true when the departure was of a person who has contributed to enriching our lives. As V. Frank would say, the fundamental drama of the human being is not to live without pleasure but to do it without sense. The sense of our lives is most commonly acknowledged in the constant interaction with the people around us that in a certain manner constitutes the soul and history of our existence. If we try to explain our lives without mentioning anyone we would be declaring at once our stupidity. Read more

Jubilee Vespers: Magnificat

Monday, May 22, 2017

Last year the Dominican Order celebrated its 800th jubilee. To celebrate, the English Province had solemn Vespers presided by Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Below is a video recording of the Magnificat, composed by Catholic and Lay Dominican composer, James Macmillan, and sung by the world renown choir of Westminster Cathedral. Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One of my lesser known hobbies is my involvement in the Blackfriars Hall Wine Society. The idea is very simple: to know the land and taste its fruits.  Read more

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

English Martyrs

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Undoubtedly for many of us the thought of martyrdom sends a shiver down our spine. If any of you are like me, we probably think we’d break under pressure and agree to anything in order not to be killed. Of course, we hope deep in our hearts that we would be open to God’s grace and would face martyrdom courageously. Read more

Great Dominicans: Pope St Pius V

Sunday, April 30, 2017

St Pius V reigned from the Chair of St Peter for six years (1566-1572) during a period of remarkable social, political and religious upheaval, both for the Church itself and the wider world. The impact of the Protestant Reformation was still being felt, the reforms of the Council of Trent had to be enacted and war in Europe was made all the more perilous by the expansion of the Islamic Caliphate to the east. Read more

Harry, England and St. George

Monday, April 24, 2017

What is the point of having a patron saint of a country? Isn’t it funny, the idea of being a saint in charge of the welfare of a nation, like a minister or an official? So, someone dies after a virtuous life, struggling against the dragons of the human weakness and very often after torture and persecution and as reward God granted to him a rather political career… Well, I suppose that in the twentieth century with the creation of many states and autonomous entities there must have been an increase in the demand for patron saints… Read more

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