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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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Wednesday Gospel Reflection - Conversion of St Paul

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul is an important annual anniversary for me, falling one day shy of the day I was received into the Catholic Church. Paul’s conversion, recorded in today’s first reading, can hardly have been painless. The once-powerful man has to be led by the hand to Damascus, and receive the ministry of a religious movement he wanted to quash. All of this must happen before the scales literally fall from his eyes. But the difficulties do not end there. In time Paul must build up relations with the other apostles, and with the members of the Church in Jerusalem who will still associate him with the death of the protomartyr Stephen. His life becomes one of continual travel around the Mediterranean, where he is flogged five times, beaten with rods three times, pelted with stones, and thrice shipwrecked. He describes his life as one of constant danger, toil, and full of hunger and thirst (2 Corinthians 11:21-28).

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Year of Consecrated Life 2014-2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today marks the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life! This is an opportunity for us all in the Church – no matter what our vocation in life – to think about and pray for those who live a consecrated life, whether in a religious order, as a lay consecrated person, or in any of the myriad ways that Christians commit themselves to a life of service in the footsteps of Christ. Read more

Gospel Joy: Protecting Unborn Children

Monday, March 03, 2014
It might seem surprising to have a post about protecting the unborn child in a series about Gospel Joy.  It is true that abortion isn’t mentioned in the Gospel and, whatever one’s view, it’s axiomatic that the killing of unborn children is not a subject of joy.  Yet Pope Francis addresses the matter in his Apostolic Exhortation (paragraphs 213 and 214).  The reason he does so is that the Gospel is all about love: “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children” whom he describes as  “the most defenceless and innocent among us”. Read more

Popular Piety: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Monday, January 20, 2014
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is an image etched deeply in the minds of many Catholics. The devotion emphasises the perfect, redeeming love of Jesus, and the living water which flows from His heart (cf Jn 7:37-39).
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Credo exhibition in Paderborn

Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Credo: The Christianisation of Medieval Europe

Our Lady of Walsingham

Monday, September 24, 2012
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Walsingham is known as 'England's Nazareth', a place of pilgrimage for almost a thousand years, ever since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Richeldis de Faverches in the eleventh century. So, Our Lady of Walsingham carries a special significance to the Christians of our land. The National Shrine reminds us of the ancient faith we hold, which has shaped our culture and graced our people over the centuries. Walsingham remains a beautiful witness to the Annunciation at Nazareth, when God 'pitched his tent among us', taking our human flesh to himself in Jesus Christ. Read more

Dismissal

Monday, November 14, 2011
The Dismissal is “the concluding part of Mass when the congregation is sent out to the world.” (From Bertram, J & Edwards, R 2009, A Simple Glossary of Catholic Terms, London: Catholic Truth Society: www.cts-online.org.uk). It would be futile to explain the history of the formula rather than focusing on its meaning. Read more
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