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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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Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) 'Surprised By Joy'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Virgin and Child. The Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist, St Dominic, St Peter the Martyr and St. Thomas Aquinas- Fra Angelico c.1387-1455- in the Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico. Florence, Italy. Gaudete Sunday reminds us that true joy mustn’t become something that we take for granted. True joy is transformative, it may be fleeting in time but it continues to hit our hearts deeply. At this time in our Advent journey we come face to face with a dramatic preacher in the wilderness. St. John the Baptist reminds us that we need to be ‘Surprised by Joy’ as we wait again for the Incarnation. In order to be truly surprised therefore at this charismatic signpost, we must be willing to show and reflect upon the areas in which we are lost. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Economic Justice and the Dignity of the Worker

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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

Gospel Joy: Avoiding Spiritual Worldliness

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Gospel Joy: Following the example of Our Lady

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
From the very beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, he has placed great emphasis on Mary, the Mother of God. At the end of his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" he refers to her as the Mother of Evangelization, showing her role not only in the earthly life of Jesus, but also her presence and role over the centuries in the mission of Church. Jesus dying on the cross entrusted her to his disciple John, through whom he entrusted his Mother to the whole Church and all believers. Through this act Mary, the Mother of God, became also our Mother. Read more

Gospel Joy: serving the poor

Sunday, February 23, 2014
It comes as no surprise that the Gospel of Christ often carries an uncomfortable message, and although there is joy at the end, there are hardships and endurances along the way. Pope Francis has reiterated calls for a poor Church that is in solidarity with the poor, in Evangelii Gaudium. The Church has always called for a preferential option for the poor, ever since the first apostles gave alms to the poor Christians have placed charity at the forefront of putting the Gospel into practice. For all Catholics, the message is the same: we are required to give preference to the poor and to serve them as equals in God’s eye. This is not an optional extra. Pope Francis emphasises that [the cry for justice] means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor (Evangelii Gaudium §188). 
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Gospel Joy: Loving one another

Monday, February 17, 2014
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-5) Read more

Gospel Joy: Communicating the Joy of the Gospel today

Saturday, February 15, 2014
“I have said these things to you, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11). Read more

Gospel Joy: The Homily

Sunday, February 09, 2014
There’s an old joke that there’s no such thing as a bad sermon: sometimes, it’s the preacher’s words that are most enriching; at other times, it’s the silence between the words that are the morsels to be savoured. If we’re honest, I suspect we’d have to admit that listening to sermons isn’t always our paradigm case of Christian joy. Shouldn’t it be a sin to bore for Christ?  Read more

Gospel Joy: Being a missionary Church

Friday, February 07, 2014
Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation represents a summons of all Christians to mission and so in one way or another every section of this somewhat lengthy document is directed towards preaching the Gospel. Yet if I were to pick out one strand of thought that seemed to me to be particularly relevant, it would be Pope Francis’s warning that a crippling inferiority complex has emerged among Catholics in the scandal-hit West that threatens to suffocate the proclamation of the Gospel. In short, the Pope warns, we are in danger of being shamed into silence.  Read more
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