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Godzdogz

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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On the Areopagus - 1 A New Series

Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Friars' Passions - 6 A Design for Life

Friday, January 30, 2009
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January 25 - Saul to Paul

Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Friars' Passions - 5 An enduring interest in History

Thursday, January 29, 2009
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In the News....

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Friars' Passions - 4 O Praise Him with Sound of Trumpet

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The recent atheist advertising campaign with the slogan “God probably doesn’t exist. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” seems to suggest that having faith in God is an obstacle to enjoying life. Clearly, someone has got the wrong end of the stick. One of the great joys in my life, something I am very passionate about is playing the trumpet. It never ceases to amaze me that by making a strange buzzing noise down a piece of metal tubing, it is possible to produce such a celestial sound.

I first started playing the trumpet when I was 10 years old, and from the age of 13, I started playing at church for special feasts such as Christmas and Easter. I’ve always felt a great honour in being allowed to praise God and glorify His name in this way.

From a young age, I’ve found the music of JS Bach very inspiring. Works such as the Magnificat, the Mass in B minor and the Christmas Oratorio contain so much joy. As I was growing up, I told myself that one day I would be able to play these pieces. I saved up my pocket money to buy a piccolo trumpet, but I remember the disappointment in discovering that this instrument didn’t make Bach instantly playable. The years went by, and I kept telling myself ‘maybe next year I’ll have the range and endurance to play the Christmas Oratorio.’ Read more

Friars' Passions - 3 The Heavens are telling the glory of God …

Monday, January 26, 2009
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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Sunday, January 25, 2009
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Vocations Fair at St Gregory's

Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Friars' Passions - 2 Lawrence the Photomartyr

Friday, January 23, 2009
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