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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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Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 11, 2017

To my shame, I’ve never actually been to Lourdes. Nor have I been to any of the other apparition sites, or great shrines of Marian devotion; the notable exception being, of course, England’s own Nazareth, Walsingham, which I’ve been to many times over. But this lack of experience has always left me feeling quite at sea whenever I have to talk about Lourdes, or Fatima, or really any other place associated with Our Lady.  Read more

The Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Today we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the temple. It is a feast that directs our gaze towards the Virgin Mary who placed her son at the beginning of his life under God’s disposal. It is a double-edged feast. On the one hand, Simeon sings his beautiful song about this child. On the other hand, he has a painful prophecy for Mary: “A sword will pierce your own soul, too” (Lk 2,35). Read more

Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

December is a paradoxical month, a month of endings and beginnings. 
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Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Each year the Dominican brethren, sisters, laity, and faithful, who are associated with our communities, make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This year was no exception. Events like this annual pilgrimage are a wonderful opportunity for the Dominican family from across the country to meet together in prayer and fellowship. Read more

The Rosary: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an apposite day on which to conclude our series on the Rosary. The series has focused on the cycles and prayers of the Rosary in which we have seen the richness and depth of this devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as its ultimate Christological character. Read more

Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The encounter between the Angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary changed human history forever. It provides the setting of the Incarnation, when “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14).. The sheer profundity of this meeting taxes superlatives both with respect to the remarkable circumstances in which the event took place, and the seminal significance of the Incarnation and what it meant for human history.
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God Matters: Role of the Virgin Mary

Monday, March 17, 2014
Fr. Richard Conrad OP continued our "God Matters" series last Tuesday with a talk on, "The role of the Virgin Mary". As on previous occasions, Godzdogz feature the video of the talk, below:

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Mother of God, Queen of Peace

Thursday, January 02, 2014
Today we invoke the prayers of Our Lady under the title “Mother of God”. It seems fitting that Our Lady should have a feast in the Christmas Octave given her fundamental role in the events of Christ’s birth, and indeed the history of salvation. During this season we sing the Alma Redemptoris mater in which we pray, Tu quae genuisti, natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem, Virgo prius ac posterius - 'You, in the wonder of all creation, have brought forth your Creator, Mother ever-Virgin'. Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 Read more

The Blessing of Roses

Monday, October 07, 2013
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. At Blackfriars, Oxford we followed the beautiful Dominican tradition of blessing and handing out roses at Mass on this day. Read more
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