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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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Dominican Family Day 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

A-Z of the Mass - He Placed Himself in the Order of Signs

Thursday, July 01, 2010
During the summer months we will be offering an A-Z of the Mass, a series of reflections on different aspects and moments of the Mass. Here we give a general introduction to the sacramental system which is at the heart of the Catholic faith. Read more

Dominican Seminar 2010 - The Prodigal Son

Saturday, January 09, 2010
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A Common Mistake...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009
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Article in l'Osservatore Romano

Thursday, August 06, 2009
[The following article by fr Robert Gay OP was published in the English language edition of l'Osservatore Romano on the 5th of August 2009. It is republished here with permission.] Read more

Ministries, Charisms and Fruits - 13 Interpretation

Friday, May 29, 2009
Our last post spoke of the gift of tongues as a charismatic gift, which manifested itself in the early Church at the time of St. Paul, and was seen as an important way in which the Holy Spirit worked in the Church. Indeed, there are signs that this gift is still given in the Church today, especially amongst those who are part of the charismatic movements. It is a gift that is often regarded with much suspicion by onlookers. It expresses itself as people speaking a series of words that to our ears seem to make no sense. What possible use could this be? Read more

Spiritual notes from a small island...... The Cloud of Unknowing

Friday, April 24, 2009
The Cloud of Unknowing is a fourteenth century work by an anonymous English author. Over the years, there has been much speculation about the identity of the author, and it has often been said that he was a Carthusian monk. One thing that is clear from the text is that its author was certainly learned, well versed in scholastic theology. There is also a very clear influence of Pseudo-Dionysius, whom the author quotes directly in chapter seventy: 'The most Godlike knowledge of God is that which is known by unknowing’. Pseudo-Dionysius, who was then widely thought to be a follower of Paul (see Acts 17), is used as source and authority for the ideas that The Cloud proposes. The author asserts that we can know more about what God is not than about what God is. This theology informs his approach to the contemplative life, and in this he stands among many influential writers, including St John of Cross, who wrote some two centuries later.
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Spiritual notes from a small island..... Mother Julian of Norwich: Showings of God's Love

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Spiritual notes from a small island..... St. Aelred of Rievaulx - 'Spiritual Friendship'

Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Coming soon - Spritual Notes from a Small Island

Friday, April 03, 2009
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