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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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Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24, 2010
In theatre and cinema the 'fourth-wall' is an imaginary barrier between the audience and the world on stage or screen. When a character 'breaks the fourth wall' by either addressing or acknowledging the audience they cross an invisible screen and form a more intense connection with the viewers. One only has to think of the emotion stirred by Charlie Chaplin's address at the end of The Great Dictator, the chuckles raised by a Bugs Bunny aside to the camera, and the thrill and speculation caused by a momentary glance from Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.  Read more

Preparing the Way: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Thursday, December 23, 2010
This  week the Students of Blackfriars are preparing the way for Christmas with a series of reflections on the Rosary. They are taking place in the Priory Church at 12:30pm on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December. All are welcome! Read more

Preparing the Way: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This  week the Students of Blackfriars are preparing the way for Christmas with a series of reflections on the Rosary. They are taking place in the Priory Church at 12:30pm on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December. All are welcome! Read more

Preparing the Way: The Annunciation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Rosary Reflections in Christmas Week

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Set apart for the Gospel of God

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Friday - Third Week of Advent

Friday, December 17, 2010
Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17 Read more

Well It is the Thought That Counts....

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Coming up to another Christmas that seems to have begun on the high street straight after Halloween my mind has turned to one of the most diabolic excesses of the commercial "holiday season": the pop artist's Christmas album. It is depressing when great artists like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix release appalling covers of Christmas carols. Not only are they distressing to listen to but they also reek of "selling out" and cashing in (but to be fair to Dylan he has donated all royalties to charity). Below is a selection of some contemporary musicians' take on some festive standards. The first two are pure stinkers (especially "Mr. Rebel Yell" Billy Idol) with only ironic value. Luckily the Thin White Duke is incapable of producing anything below par. However the selection below is not total box of purple Quality Street; and Scottish indy-folk lords Belle and Sebastian show how not to ruin a Christmas (or Advent) song. Of course, they recorded it for a charity album.  Read more

Wednesday - Third Week of Advent

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Readings: Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-26; Psalm 84; Luke 7:19-23 Read more

Saint Lucia

Monday, December 13, 2010
The feast of Saint Lucia is a popular event in the region that I come from, the Scandinavian countries. Dressed up in white with candles in their hands, children go in procession early in the morning this day singing the Lucia hymn and handing out Lucy-cakes. Read more
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