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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 Common Mistake...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009
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Article in l'Osservatore Romano

Thursday, August 06, 2009
[The following article by fr Robert Gay OP was published in the English language edition of l'Osservatore Romano on the 5th of August 2009. It is republished here with permission.] Read more

Ministries, Charisms and Fruits - 13 Interpretation

Friday, May 29, 2009
Our last post spoke of the gift of tongues as a charismatic gift, which manifested itself in the early Church at the time of St. Paul, and was seen as an important way in which the Holy Spirit worked in the Church. Indeed, there are signs that this gift is still given in the Church today, especially amongst those who are part of the charismatic movements. It is a gift that is often regarded with much suspicion by onlookers. It expresses itself as people speaking a series of words that to our ears seem to make no sense. What possible use could this be? Read more

Spiritual notes from a small island...... The Cloud of Unknowing

Friday, April 24, 2009
The Cloud of Unknowing is a fourteenth century work by an anonymous English author. Over the years, there has been much speculation about the identity of the author, and it has often been said that he was a Carthusian monk. One thing that is clear from the text is that its author was certainly learned, well versed in scholastic theology. There is also a very clear influence of Pseudo-Dionysius, whom the author quotes directly in chapter seventy: 'The most Godlike knowledge of God is that which is known by unknowing’. Pseudo-Dionysius, who was then widely thought to be a follower of Paul (see Acts 17), is used as source and authority for the ideas that The Cloud proposes. The author asserts that we can know more about what God is not than about what God is. This theology informs his approach to the contemplative life, and in this he stands among many influential writers, including St John of Cross, who wrote some two centuries later.
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Spiritual notes from a small island..... Mother Julian of Norwich: Showings of God's Love

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Spiritual notes from a small island..... St. Aelred of Rievaulx - 'Spiritual Friendship'

Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Coming soon - Spritual Notes from a Small Island

Friday, April 03, 2009
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Quodlibet 15 - Can the Church change its teaching?

Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Quodlibet 12 - How much do Dominicans study?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
People who know only a few things about the Dominicans are likely to know that the Order places greater importance on study than almost anything else, besides the vocation to preach. In the English Province, most students will study for a minimum of five years before ordination to the priesthood, and many will study for higher degrees after ordination, either immediately or following a few years of pastoral and preaching experience. However, for the Dominican, being engaged in theological study at some level is a life-long occupation, and does not merely end with formal studies during preparation for the priesthood. It is important that all Dominicans have a good knowledge of theology, because it is needed to preach the Gospel, to shape and influence our entire ministry. We might say that a certain intellectual curiosity is one of the signs of a Dominican vocation. Read more

A-Z of Paul: Timothy and Titus

Sunday, August 31, 2008
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