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Simple Professions 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Sunday 14 September 2014, we rejoiced at the Simple Professions of two of our brothers at the Priory of St Michael in Cambridge. fr Joseph Bailham and fr. Christopher Pierce made their vows – a commitment for three years – in the hands of the Prior Provincial, fr John Farrell, for the Province of England. frs Joseph and Christopher have now arrived at the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Oxford, where they will begin their formal studies in the Order. We therefore welcome them to the Godzdogz team this year! Read more

The Rosary: O My Jesus

Thursday, September 25, 2014
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

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Scotland's decision

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Solemn Professions 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014
On 6 September 2014, fr. Oliver James Keenan and fr. Matthew Theophilus Jarvis made Solemn Profession in the Order of Preachers at the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Oxford. Many friars, sisters, and lay Dominicans, as well as the families and friends of the two brothers, came to celebrate with them.  Read more

Fifth Luminous Mystery: Institution of the Eucharist

Monday, September 15, 2014
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15).

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Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversion

Friday, September 12, 2014
'The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel' (Mk 1:15).
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Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The wedding feast at Cana is one of those mysteries of the Rosary which shows a side of the Apostles and Jesus that Dominicans can identify with; that is, being at a banquet drinking copious amounts of wine in celebration of a certain feast or solemnity. Enjoying food and drink in temperance, in a fashion that is appreciative of the beauty of creation, is part of what it is to be a Christian, as well as not just going along with gluttonous appetites. Nor however is the tone of this wedding feast cold and anxious, for all the wine ends up being consumed. When the wine runs out at this feast in Cana, it is Mary the mother of Jesus who more or less asks him to turn the water into wine. In this first public miracle of Jesus, he turns the water that the rigid Jewish ablutions rituals required into the best wine for those at the feast to drink. Jesus does this at a time of joy, a moment of public declaration of love between a man and woman, and of their intention to be part of the fabric of society having children of their own, committing themselves to each other for life. The symbolism of turning this boring ablutions water, stored in banal stone water jars, into the best sort of wine to fuel the banquet, is quite profound. Jesus requests the religious and anthropocentric water jars are turned over to be used for something much better, all in the context of temperance of our appetites. This marks the start of Jesus's ministry, and in an atmosphere of joy and happiness, this contrasts to the more puritanical interpretation of religious self-denial, such as seen in the movie 'Babette's Feast'. Read more

The First Luminous Mystery: Our Lord's Baptism

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries

Sunday, September 07, 2014
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