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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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A Certain Idea of Europe

Friday, February 14, 2014
Cardinal Marx: ‘A Certain Idea of Europe’

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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

God Matters? Tricky Teachings and Difficult Doctrines

Thursday, February 06, 2014
Following the success of last year's series, the God Matters free talks are back! This year, the focus will be on Tricky Teachings and Difficult Doctrines. The talks are an opportunity for all people – Catholics, other Christians, people of other religions or none – to understand Catholicism better and to discuss these contentious topics in a free and open way. We want to reach as wide an audience as possible, so if you are thinking of coming, please bring a friend along with you! Read more

Gospel Joy: Evangelii Gaudium (New Series!)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Sunday, February 02, 2014
For today's feast, the Blackfriars schola has recorded the 'Antiphon & Nunc Dimittis' by Palestrina. Read more
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