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An Oasis for the Soul
Everybody needs to find a spiritual ‘oasis’ in their journey through the wilderness, a place to recover, rest, and encounter God. Scripture abounds with stories of such places: Abraham is visited by three mysterious visitors as he camps by the trees of Mamre in the heat of the day (Gen 18); Jesus meets the Samaritan woman as she draws water from the well (John 4). This Lent, the student brothers invite you to significant places in their lives where they withdraw to be with the Lord.
- Introduction, by Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.
- Refreshment, light and peace, by Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.
- A Place in the Sky, by Br Bede Mullens, O.P.
- Praying in a Museum, Reclaiming Sacred Art, by Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.
- Where Astronauts and Novices Sound Alike, by Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P.
We very often hear that Advent is about waiting. It is a time when we are told to watch and be ready for the Lord at his coming. This Advent we would like to look for the Lord by looking at that art which down the years has expressed the longing, for his coming in the flesh and his coming in glory. We shall look at depictions of those who have waited, at depictions of the Lord as he has already come and as, so far as we can imagine, he is to come. Perhaps we shall catch even a glimpse of him, and conceive in our hearts the joy of Simeon: “My eyes have seen your salvation!
- Introduction: Expectation and Promise, by Br Bede Mullens, O.P.
- Awaiting the New Kingdom, by Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P.
- William Holman Hunt, The Light of the World, by Br Bede Mullens, O.P.
- Pieter Bruegel, Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, by Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.
- Alexander Ivanov, The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zechariah, by Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, by Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.
- Rembrandt, The Dream of Joseph, by Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.
- Rembrandt, Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, by Br John Bernard Church, O.P.
- Filippo Lippi, Adoration in the Forest, by Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.
- Coburn, A Christmas Carol, by Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.
Dominicans have always made a special point of praying for the dead, and commemorating their own deceased: on a daily basis we read out the names of those whose anniversaries fall that day, and recite customary prayers for their peaceful repose. This tradition is particularly felt to be in keeping with the Order’s mission to work for the salvation of souls and to administer the balm of God’s mercy. For those who are still alive, that can mean preaching and hearing confessions, but for the dead we have only our prayers to offer, especially in the celebration of Mass. This November, we remember some deceased members of our Order, so that the good work they carried out in life may continue to take effect instructing and inspiring us; and so that you may join us in praying for their happy repose.
- Fr Geoffrey Preston, O.P., by Br Bede Mullens, O.P.
- Fr Laurentius Siemer, O.P., by Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.
- Fr Bruno Hussar, O.P., by Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.
- Fr Victor White, O.P., by Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P.
- Fr Yves Congar, O.P., by Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P.
- Fr John Malachy Clune, O.P., by Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P.
- Fr Conrad Pepler, O.P., by Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P.
- Fr Vincent McNabb, O.P., by Br John Bernard Church, O.P.
Doctors of the Church
The Church has traditionally recognised eight Doctors of the Church: Saints Gregory, Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome of the West, and Saints John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzen, and Athanasius of the East. These are men in whom are fulfilled the words of Scripture: “If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will pour forth words of wisdom and give thanks to the Lord in prayer…Nations will declare his wisdom, and the congregation will proclaim his praise.” (Sirach 39:6, 10).
The Psalms, according to St Ambrose, have a unique spiritual value among the books of Scripture: “History instructs us, the law teaches us, prophecy foretells, correction punishes, morality persuades; but the book of psalms goes further than all these. It is medicine for our spiritual health. Whoever reads it will find in it a medicine to cure the wounds caused by his own particular passions. Whoever studies it deeply will find it a kind of gymnasium open for all souls to use, where the different psalms are like different exercises set out before him. In that gymnasium, in that stadium of virtue, he can choose the exercises that will train him best to win the victor’s crown.”
In ancient times it was very common to preach on the Psalms; St Augustine considered this task more important than the writing of his famed Confessions. Nowadays, we hear considerably less about them, although we still hear a lot of them in the Mass and the Office. Brothers in this series reflect on the more or less hidden significances of these great poems, songs of Israel, now songs of the Church.
- Psalm 2, by Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.
- Psalm 6, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- Psalm 15, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- Psalm 32, by Br Rafael Jiménez, O.P.
- Psalm 38, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
- Psalm 51, by Br Luke Doherty, O.P.
- Psalm 102, by Br Luke Doherty, O.P.
- Psalm 118, by Br Albert Robertson, O.P.
- Psalm 130, by Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.
- Psalm 143, by Br Albert Robertson, O.P.
In a new series, the Student Brothers will write about ‘Interesting Churches’. In the Church we encounter God himself as present in the Holy Eucharist, but we also are included in the community that God chose as His tool to lead humanity into eternal beatitude – and this idea is represented and expressed in the physical churches Christianity has built over the last 2000 years. A church might be interesting because of its place in history, its architecture or interior, or because of a special significance it has to a particular brother.
- Our Holy Redeemer’s, Clydebank, by Br Luke Doherty, O.P.
- The Holy Sepulchre, by Br Joseph Bailham, O.P.
- Here, there and everywhere, by Br Jordan Scott, O.P.
- Santa Maria de Eunate, Spain, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- All Saints, Tudeley, by Br Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- St Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
In June 2015, Pope Francis published his much-anticipated encyclical on the Care for our Common Home, Laudato Si’. This challenging encyclical letter grapples with the seemingly intractable matters of environmental concern and human ecology. What is the purpose of our life in the world? What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of world do we want our children and grandchildren to live in? What are our responsibilities to God, to one another, and to His creation?
In this series, the student brothers will consider Pope Francis’ confrontation of ecological issues. What emerges from Francis’ document and prayerful reflection is that the answer to all these questions is found in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. The fundamental Christological basis of what Francis has to say is, all too frequently, missed by the secular commentators. We hope that our reflections will bring out spiritual dimension of this rich encyclical as well as discussing some of the practical challenges they present.
- Civic and political love, by Br Joseph Bailham
- The Common Good, by Br Richard Steenvoorde
- Ecological conversion, by Br Toby Lees
- Education, by Br Luke Doherty
- Everyday ecology, by Br Luke Doherty
- Global inequality
- Human dignity, by Br Samuel Burke
- International action, by Br Christopher Wetzel
- Rest, by Br Matthew Jarvis
- Technological advances, by Br Joseph Bailham
- The Gospel of Creation, by Br Luke Doherty
By baptism, every Christian is called to holiness. Those who have been consecrated to God through vows of obedience, poverty and chastity follow this calling in a radical way, imitating the way Jesus lived in this world. In this Year for Consecrated Life, the Dominican student brothers on Godzdogz share their perspective on the consecrated life – how it remains as relevant as ever as a way of Christian discipleship, a way of loving God and our neighbour.
- The Universal Call to Holiness, by Br Samuel Burke
- Contemplation, by Br Mateusz Grzelczak
- Action, by Br Richard Steenvoorde
- Prophetic Witness, by Br Toby Lees
- The Rich Young Man: Counsels and Commandments, by Br Joseph Bailham
- The Vows: What is the point?, by Br Jean-Baptiste Régis
- The Vow of Poverty, by Br Christopher Pierce
- The Vow of Obedience, by Br Luke Doherty
- The Vow of Chastity, by Br Jordan Scott
- Consecrated Life in the New Testament, by Br Matthew Jarvis
- Historical Perspective, by Br Jordan Scott
- What is a Charism?, by Br Richard Steenvoorde
- Consecrated Life and the Trinity, by Br Matthew Jarvis
- Difficulties, by Br Toby Lees
- Asceticism, by Br Jean-Baptiste Régis
- Mission, by Br Joseph Bailham
- Vocations, by Br Luke Doherty
“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” With these stirring words, Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, and so we likewise begin our new series exploring the themes and challenges which the Holy Father presents to the Church on the “proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world”. We will consider how we, as a Church, communicate the most powerful, inspiring two-thousand-year-old story of Jesus Christ, in the modern age. How do we preach God’s love to a world that appears so unreceptive, to an audience seemingly deaf to our words? These are fundamental questions for us Dominican Students, belonging to an order whose principal task is to preach, but they are also of the utmost importance for all Christians.
- Introduction, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
- The Homily, by Br Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
- Communicating the Joy of the Gospel Today, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- Loving One Another, by Br Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- Serving the Poor, by Br Luke Doherty, O.P.
- Following the Example of Our Lady, by Br Paweł Szylak, O.P.
- Avoiding Spiritual Worldliness, by Br Jordan Scott, O.P.
- Protecting Unborn Children, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
The Godzdogz team dedicates a series to the exploration of popular piety. From bona mors to blessings, we hope to share with you an appreciation of some of the gems of the Church’s rich spiritual panorama, and so to rejoice in the gift of our Catholic diversity.
- Introduction, by Br Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
- The Sign of the Cross, by Br Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- Blessings, by Br Nicholas Crowe, O.P.
- Eucharistic Adoration, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- Marian Devotions, by Br Luke Doherty, O.P.
- The Dead, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
- Relics, by Br Jordan Scott, O.P.
- Icons and Images, by Br. Paweł Szylak, O.P.
- Advent: Facts, Threats and Opportunities, by Br Andrew Brookes, O.P.
- Christmas Customs in Poland, by Br. Paweł Szylak, O.P.
- Processions, by Br. Paweł Szylak, O.P.
- Scapulars and Medals, by Br Toby Lees, O.P.
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus, by Br Samuel Burke, O.P.
- Litanies and Novenae, by Br Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
Councils of Faith
From the very start, the Church has been concerned to preserve intact the deposit of faith handed on from the Apostles to succeeding generations. At the same time, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, reflection on the content of faith has brought about deepened insights into the mysteries of our salvation, and particularly of our Saviour, Jesus the God-man. It has been the work of Councils down the ages to carry out this twofold mission, of preserving and deepening the deposit of faith with the full safeguard of authority pledged to the universal Church in communion with the Pope.
To mark the Year of Faith (2012-2013), brothers have written something to introduce us to the work and significance of these Councils in the life of the Church.
- YEAR OF FAITH, 11th October 2012 – 24th November 2013, by Andrew Brookes OP
- Councils of Faith – Introduction 1, by Andrew Brookes OP
- Councils of Faith – Introduction 2, by Andrew Brookes OP
- Councils of Faith – Nicaea I (325), by Gregory Pearson OP
- Councils of Faith – Constantinople I (381), by Nicholas Crowe OP
- Councils of Faith – Ephesus (431), by Matthew Jarvis OP
- Councils of Faith – Chalcedon (451), by Oliver James Keenan OP
- Councils of Faith – Constantinople II (553), by Graham Hunt
- Councils of Faith – Constantinople III (680-681), by Gustave Ineza OP
- Councils of Faith – Nicaea II (787), by Gregory Pearson OP
- Councils of Faith – Constantinople IV (869-870), by Andrew Brookes OP
- Councils of Faith – Lateran I-III, by Nicholas Crowe OP
- Councils of Faith – Lateran IV (1215), by Matthew Jarvis OP
- Councils of Faith – Lyon I and II, by Gregory Pearson OP
- Councils of Faith – Vienne (1311-1312), by Nicholas Crowe OP
- Councils of Faith – Constance (1414-1418), by Andrew Brookes OP
- Councils of Faith – Lateran V (1512-1517), by Gustave Ineza OP
- Councils of Faith – Trent (1545-1563), by Oliver James Keenan OP
- Councils of Faith – Vatican I (1869-1870), by Matthew Jarvis OP
- Councils of Faith – Vatican II (1962-1965), by Andrew Brookes OP
The Sacraments of the Church
Over Eastertide 2012, the Godzdogz team presented a series of articles on the Sacraments of the Church, a series which we have supplemented over the last couple of weeks with a treatment of certain related topics. We have tried over the course of the series to give a sense of the place the Sacraments occupy in the life of the Church, and of individual Christians, as ways in which we touch upon the divine reality to which the Church points and draws us.
- The Sacraments of the Church, by Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
- The Sacraments in General, by Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
- Baptism, by Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- Confirmation, by Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- Eucharist – Presence, by Nicholas Crowe, O.P
- Eucharist – Sacrifice, by Oliver James Keenan, O.P.
- Penance, by Augustine DeArmond, O.P.
- Anointing of the Sick, by Graham Hunt
- Holy Orders, by Robert Verrill, O.P.
- Marriage, by Gustave Noel Ineza, O.P.
- The Sacraments as Liturgy, by Haavar Simon Nilsen, O.P.
- The Sacraments: Christ’s Gift of the Spirit, by Nicholas Crowe, O.P.
- Sacramentals, by Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- Christian Funerals, by Graham Hunt
The Catholic Church Around the World
In this series, some of the brothers reflect on their experiences of the Catholic Church from around the globe. One of the joys of belonging to an international Order is that the brothers have the opportunity, not only to live with brothers from other provinces of the Order but may also have the chance to visit or live Dominican communities outside of their own province. This series is written by brothers both of the English Province, and by brothers from other provinces of the wider Dominican Order.
- The Catholic Church in the United States of America, by Augustine DeArmond, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in Scotland, by Andrew Brookes, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in Rwanda, by Gustave Noel Ineza, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in the Philippines, by Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in Russia, by Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in Norway, by Haavar Simon Nilson, O.P.
- The Catholic Church in England, by Graham Hunt
The New Missal
In this series the student brothers reflect on aspects of the most recent English translation of the Roman Missal which was promulgated in 2010.
- Why a new translation?, by Robert Verrill, O.P.
- Lost in translation, by Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- And with your spirit, by Mark Davoren
- The Penitential Rite, by Graham Hunt
- The Creed, by Nicholas Crowe, O.P.
- Preparation of the Gifts, by Andrew Brookes, O.P.
- Preface Dialogue, by Matthew Jarvis, O.P.
- Institution Narrative, by Mark Davoren
- Domine non sum dignus
During the ‘long vacation’ Godzdogz will be offering a series of reflections on animals mentioned in the Bible. Sometimes they appear just as themselves, and why not? ‘God saw all he had made and behold it was very good’ (Genesis 1:31). The variety of animals is, of course, a symbol for God’s infinite richness and his love for us as shown in the abundance of creation.
- Ass, by Br Lawrence Lew, O.P.
- Behemoth, by Br Robert Verrill, O.P.
- Dove, by Mark Davoren
- Eagle, by Br Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- Fox, by Br Nicholas Crowe, O.P.
- Goat, by Mark Davoren
- Horse, by Br Lawrence Lew, O.P.
- Jackal, by Graham Hunt
- Kid, by Br Robert Verrill, O.P.
- Leviathan, by Br Gregory Pearson, O.P.
- Ostrich, by Br Robert Verrill, O.P.
- Pig, by Br Andrew Brookes, O.P.
- Quail, by Br Nicholas Crowe, O.P.
- Raven, by Mark Davoren
- Snake, by Mark Davoren
- Unicorn, by Mark Davoren
- Vulture, by Br Andrew Brookes, O.P.
- Whale, by Br Gregory Pearson, O.P.
Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to the UK
In September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI visited the United Kingdom: the first visit of a Pope to this island in over twenty years. This historic occasion saw the beatification of (now Saint) John Henry Newman, a major address at Westminster Hall and meetings with the Prime Minister and the Queen, and several leading religious figures. It was a graced moment for Catholics throughout the country.
Brothers mark some of the key moments and themes of the visit:
- Papal Visit I: The Significance of Cardinal Newman, by Lawrence Lew OP
- Papal Visit II: Strawberry Hill and Pope’s Grotto
- Papal Visit III: Newman and Oxford, by Mark Davoren
- The Pope’s First Day in Britain
- The Pope in Scotland: A View from the Ground, by Gregory Pearson OP
- Pope Benedict in Glasgow, by Mark Davoren
- Pope Benedict in London – Day 1, by Mark Davoren
- The Pope in London: A View from the Ground, by Mark Davoren
- Pope Benedict in London – Day 2, by Mark Davoren
- The Beatification – A Pilgrim’s Perspective, by Robert Verrill OP
- Pope Benedict in Birmingham, by Mark Davoren
- Tagged – Dominicans Spotted at Papal Events
From the 14th century it was a custom in the Order to sing the Magnificat Antiphon for the Feast of St Dominic after the Salve Regina at the end of Compline every day. This antiphon, O Lumen Ecclesiae, will form the subject of a series of meditations by the student brothers.
Religious life provides plenty to keep you busy. In the Studentate the obvious demands of academic work are combined with pastoral commitments, priory duties, and of course the regular common life in the liturgy and in community. Nevertheless, maintaining hobbies is incredibly important, as a way of resting well and keeping balance, as well as for the opportunities to evangelise they might provide. Here the student brothers give an account of some of their hobbies or interests, in a series on ‘Friars’ Passions’:
- 1 – Fever Pitch by Mark Davoren
- 2 – Lawrence the photomartyr by Lawrence Lew OP
- 3 – The Heavens are telling the glory of God by David Rocks OP
- 4 – O praise Him with sound of Trumpet by Robert Verrill OP
- 5 – An enduring interest in history by David Barrins OP
- 6 – A design for life by Daniel Mary Jeffries
- 7 – It’s a dog’s life by Dennis Murphy OP
- 8 – Cricket by Robert Gay OP
- 9 – Wanderlust
- 10 – Laudate Dominum, Omnes Gentes by Gregory Pearson OP
- 11 – A pilgrim’s progress by Graham Hunt
- 12 – Cricket? by Nicholas Crowe OP
A-Z of St Paul
To mark the Church’s Jubilee Year of St Paul, the student brothers reflect on various themes in the writings and life of the Apostle, putting together an ‘A to Z’ guide. Pope Benedict XVI opened the jubilee year by saying “Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses and martyrs like St. Paul”. This series is an aid to responding generously to that invitation, so that we can finally say together with the Apostle “it is no long I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20).
- Jubilee Year of St Paul by Lawrence Lew OP
- A – Apostleship by Robert Verrill OP
- B – Body by Daniel Mary Jeffries
- C – Cross
- D – Damascus
- E – Eschatology by David Rocks OP
- F – Faith
- G – Growth by Thomas Skeats OP
- H – Holy Spirit
- I – In Christ
- J – Justification
- K – Koinonia by Lawrence Lew OP
- L – Love
- M – Marriage by Robert Verrill OP
- N – Newness by Daniel Mary Jeffries
- O – Old Covenant
- P – Pharisee
- Q – Quarrelling by David Rocks OP
- R – Resurrection
- S – Son/sonship
- T – Timothy and Titus by Robert Gay OP
- U – Unity
- V – Victory
- W – Weakness by Lawrence Lew OP
- X – Xenophilia
- Y – Yes by Robert Verrill OP
- Z – Zeal by Daniel Mary Jeffries
- The Year of Paul, 29th June 2008-2009
A Short Commentary on the Creed
The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, the statement of our faith we profess every Sunday, was adopted at the Council of Constantinople in 381. It is the only ecumenical statement of Christianity, accepted by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, and much of Protestantism, including the Anglican communion. In the following series, the student brothers consider each article of the Creed in turn, explaining behind each the theology, the history, and their deeply personal consequences.
As explained in the first article, the Creed is in essence a lovesong, in praise of the Trinity. Since you cannot love what you do not know, this series helps us enter more deeply into the mystery of our faith, a falling in love with the triune God.
- A Short Commentary on the Creed
- Credo 1 – We believe…
- Credo 2 – …in one God…
- Credo 3 – …the Father…
- Credo 4 – …the Almighty…
- Credo 5 – …the Maker of Heaven and Earth…
- Credo 6 – …all that is, seen and unseen…
- Credo 7 – We believe in One Lord…
- Credo 8 – …Jesus…
- Credo 9 – …Christ…
- Credo 10 – …the only Son of God…
- Credo 11 – …eternally begotten of the Father…
- Credo 12 – …God from God…
- Credo 13 – …light from light…
- Credo 14 – …true God from true God…
- Credo 15 – …begotten not made…
- Credo 16 – …of one being with the Father…
- Credo 17 – …through Him all things were made…
- Credo 18 – …for us men and for our salvation…
- Credo 19 – …he came from from heaven…
- Credo 20 – …by the power of the Holy Spirit…
- Credo 21 – …He became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man
- Credo 22 – …for our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate…
- Credo 23 – …He suffered death and was buried…
- Credo 24 – …On the third day He rose again…
- Credo 25 – …in accordance with the Scriptures…
- Credo 26 – …He ascended into Heaven…
- Credo 27 – …and is seated at the right hand of the Father…
- Credo 28 – …He will come again in glory…
- Credo 29 – …to judge the living and the dead…
- Credo 30 – …and His kingdom shall have no end.
- Credo 31 – We believe in the Holy Spirit…
- Credo 32 – …(the Holy Spirit), the Lord…
- Credo 33 – …the giver of life…
- Credo 34 – …who proceeds from the Father…
- Credo 35 – …and the Son…
- Credo 36 – …With the Father and Son He is worshipped and glorified…
- Credo 37 – …He has spoken through the Prophets.
- Credo 38 – We believe in one […] Church…
- Credo 39 – …holy…
- Credo 40 – …catholic…
- Credo 41 – …apostolic…
- Credo 42 – …We acknowledge one Baptism…
- Credo 43 – …for the forgiveness of sins…
- Credo 44 – …We look for the resurrection of the dead…
- Credo 45 – …and the life of the world to come.
- Credo 46 – ‘Amen’ – Video of Credo I