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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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Our Lady the Unwithering Rose

Monday, October 07, 2019

By Daniel Benedict RowlandsWith each Ave, we are drawn to share in the Blessed Mother's subversive work, that work of cooperation with the Redeemer that put enmity between Her and the Serpent, to which she gave her full assent at the Annunciation, and which can be seen coming into full bloom in her coronation as Queen of Heaven, and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Read more

Blessing of the Luminous Mysteries Garden

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
News Last Friday brothers Albert, Isaac, Vincent and Bede travelled to the parish of our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic, London, to witness the blessing of a garden dedicated to the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Read more

Dominican Life: “Be holy, as I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

By Br Bede Mullens The Scholastics used to say, “bonum est diffusivum sui”, “goodness spreads itself about”: a dictum people might be more inclined to indulge around Christmas time, and perhaps less as we approach mid-January of the New Year.  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

Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 11, 2017

To my shame, I’ve never actually been to Lourdes. Nor have I been to any of the other apparition sites, or great shrines of Marian devotion; the notable exception being, of course, England’s own Nazareth, Walsingham, which I’ve been to many times over. But this lack of experience has always left me feeling quite at sea whenever I have to talk about Lourdes, or Fatima, or really any other place associated with Our Lady.  Read more

The Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Today we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the temple. It is a feast that directs our gaze towards the Virgin Mary who placed her son at the beginning of his life under God’s disposal. It is a double-edged feast. On the one hand, Simeon sings his beautiful song about this child. On the other hand, he has a painful prophecy for Mary: “A sword will pierce your own soul, too” (Lk 2,35). Read more

Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
December is a paradoxical month, a month of endings and beginnings. 
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Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Each year the Dominican brethren, sisters, laity, and faithful, who are associated with our communities, make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This year was no exception. Events like this annual pilgrimage are a wonderful opportunity for the Dominican family from across the country to meet together in prayer and fellowship. Read more

The Rosary: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an apposite day on which to conclude our series on the Rosary. The series has focused on the cycles and prayers of the Rosary in which we have seen the richness and depth of this devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as its ultimate Christological character. Read more

Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The encounter between the Angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary changed human history forever. It provides the setting of the Incarnation, when “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14).. The sheer profundity of this meeting taxes superlatives both with respect to the remarkable circumstances in which the event took place, and the seminal significance of the Incarnation and what it meant for human history.
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