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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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Vocation Story: Sometimes a Man Got to Do, What A Man Got to Do

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I am always slightly uncomfortable talking about my calling to the religious life. I suppose I suffer from a slight feeling of "vocation-story inadequacy". There is no obvious great conversion moment or period of intellectual realisation. I just did what felt natural and right. As the John Wayne-attributed saying goes "Sometimes a man got to do , what a man got to do" (this is actually a popular misquote he actually said "There are some things a man just can't walk away from" but i think the sentiment is the same"). Read more

Pilgrims' End

Monday, August 29, 2011
After showers and final packing we set off for London. Despite the long journey ahead the coach's air conditioning certainly made the hours fly by. We made very good time until we left the the ferry at Dover but the Father Ted DVDs took some of the sting out of the slow journey to North London. We arrived at St. Dominic's and made our way to the Lady Chapel to celebrate Mass for the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. In his homily, Brother Lawrence pondered the distinction between Mary's Assumption and her Coronation. He pointed out that likewise the journey to God does not end with the end of a pilgrimage but continues and only takes us to new heights.  Read more

WYD Pilgrimage - final sermon

Monday, August 29, 2011
Readings: 1 Thess. 1:1-5. 8b-10; Ps 149; Mt 23:13-22 Read more

Madrid: Flags, Flags and More Flags

Sunday, August 28, 2011
One of thing that you can not fail to notice at WYD is the amount and diversity of flags. They are everywhere. They represent nations, regions, counties, religious orders, groups and I even saw a Brighton and Hove Albion flag. It truly was a vexillologist's dream. One of the most amazing moments was seeing a group carrying the flag of South Sudan, the world's newest nation. The flags however are not just a marker form the different groups; they point towards the diversity and universality of the Church. Despite all the different allegiances we carry, be that to Ireland or Yorkshire, Iraq and the Legion of Mary, we are one in Christ and united in His body under the unity of his Vicar, the Pope. Read more

Madrid: Vigil and Mass with the Pope

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Fruits of Study 1: Christology

Saturday, August 27, 2011
We teach …  that the one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, is to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not split or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten God, the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ ... Read more

Madrid: Catechesis Sessions

Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Madrid: The Pope Arrives

Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Madrid: Via Crucis

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Fruits of Study: Introduction

Friday, August 26, 2011
Study plays a central part in Dominican life, and informs all our writing and preaching, so that it could all be called the fruit of our study. Read more
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