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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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Advent Art: Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, by Pieter Bruegel

Saturday, December 07, 2019

By Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.In this Advent art post, Br Gabriel Theis reflects on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (1563) and its implications for our attitude towards Advent. Read more

Advent Art: The Light of the World, by William Holman Hunt

Thursday, December 05, 2019

By Br. Bede Mullens, O.P. | Br Bede reflects on Christ's coming to the soul of each Christian, and on the paradoxes of Advent and Christmas. Read more

Advent Art: Awaiting the New Kingdom

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

By Br Vincent Antony Löning, O.P. | Br Vincent reflects about novelty and the world to come in the preaching of St Vincent Ferrer. Read more

Advent: Expectation and Promise

Sunday, December 01, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.“Behold, I am coming soon!” The promise has been uttered from the earliest years, whispered in the ears of prophets and proclaimed aloud by Apostles. Every empty promise from the first – “Ye shall be as gods” – has been a cheap imitation of this one true promise given first to Israel, renewed to the Church, stored in the hearts of all mankind.
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I believe in Jesus Christ

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

By Br Vincent Antony Löning | “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This opening verse of the Gospel of John—echoing the opening of Genesis’s account of creation—goes deep into the mystery of the life of the Trinity. Read more

Puer natus est nobis

Monday, December 25, 2017
The Lord hath said to me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things? Read more

Memento nostri Domine

Sunday, December 24, 2017

‘Remember us, O Lord, in thy goodwill to thy people, visit us with thy salvation, that we may see the good of thy chosen, the joy of thy nation, that thou mayest be praised with thine inheritance. Give glory to the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.’ Read more

Gaudete

Sunday, December 17, 2017

GAUDETE: Rejoice! This Sunday, Advent takes an especially hopeful outlook, as we look forward to Christ’s fast approaching Nativity. In just a week’s time, we will behold him in the flesh as he was beheld by his mother, Mary, by Joseph, by the shepherds and by the angels, for the first time in Bethlehem two millennia ago. To mark this expectant joy of hers, the Church allows the use of rose liturgical vestments on Gaudete Sunday, rather than the penitential violet which dominates the rest of the Advent season. Read more

Populus Sion

Sunday, December 10, 2017

“O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.” Read more

Gaudens Gaudebo

Friday, December 08, 2017

Gregorian chant is usually divided into eight modes. Each mode is considered suited to conveying something deeper than the words: to quote a Benedictine friend, ‘music is for when words are not enough. There is a mystical mode, an angelic mode, a sad mode, a perfect mode. It should then come as no surprise that the antiphon Gaudens Gaudebo for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is mode V. Joyful, bringing happiness to those in pain. The antiphon is a combination of Isaiah 61:10 and Psalm 30:1-2. Read more

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