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Godzdogz

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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What is the significant life of a Dominican House of Studies?

Sunday, June 09, 2019
By Br Albert Elias Robertson What is the significant life of a Dominican House of Studies? This is the question asked by our brother Fr Cornelius Ernst, OP in his inaugural lecture as Regent of Studies in October 1966. He was speaking at a turbulent time, with the Second Vatican Council just ended, the older structures of the life had broken apart. Read more

Dominican Life: Study

Monday, May 27, 2019
By Br Albert Robertson | "So, I guess you study a lot…” is one of the more common responses when people find out I’m a Dominican. It has the advantage of being one of the more accurate ideas that people have of the life of a Dominican; I study for my formation as a priest, but also as part of the spiritual discipline of the life I’ve undertaken. Read more

I believe in Jesus Christ; truly human

Saturday, December 22, 2018

By Br Albert Elias Robertson Over the summer, while on pilgrimage in Lourdes, a fellow friar sitting next to me said, ‘Isn’t extraordinary that God has a mother?’ Read more

Gaudete et Exultate

Monday, May 14, 2018

By Br Albert Robertson | In his recent apostolic exhortation Gaudete et exultate, our Holy Father Francis reflects on the everyday simplicity of the beatitudes as a way of ordering our lives towards holiness, describing holiness as ‘the most attractive face of the Church’ (Gaudete et exultate, §9). Read more

Mystici Corporis - A mystery for Easter

Saturday, April 07, 2018

By Br Albert Elias Robertson This post is the first of a series on the teaching magisterium of Pope Pius XII whose sixtieth anniversary of death occurs this year. His writings cover a vast range of topics, from international politics to the Mystery of the Church, from the Rosary to the use of sacred music. Over the coming months, we’ll be offering short reflections on some of these texts. Read more

Good Friday

Friday, March 30, 2018

By Br Albert Robertson | The events of Good Friday should leave us desolate. To truly enter into the events of Good Friday, even though we know the good news of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead, we must feel something of that desolation experienced by the disciples that first Easter, when all seemed lost.  Read more

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday marks the opening of the most dramatic, most important, and most holy time of the Christian year, for we celebrate the great mystery of our salvation sacramentally entering the events of the Sacred Triduum.  Read more

Praying with Savonarola in Lent

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

People are often quite surprised to discover that when Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati became a Dominican tertiary he took the name Girolamo Savonarola. On the face of it, their personalities and character are quite different, and while Bl Pier Giorgio could certainly be boisterous, he certainly does not seem to have the kind of temperament that one would associate with Savonarola. Read more

Doctors of the Church: Gregory the Great

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

By Br Albert Robertson | This series begins, in a way, in our own country, for it was St Gregory the Great who dispatched St Augustine to England on mission. According to Bede in his Ecclesiastical History, it was as Gregory was walking through the slave markets of Rome that he encountered some Angles, and was then heard to sayNon Angli, sed angeli, They are not Angles, but Angels. Anyone who has such an exalted view of the distant antecedents of today’s inhabitants of Britain can’t be too bad. Read more

Ad te levavi

Saturday, December 02, 2017
One of the least heard parts of the liturgy is probably the chant of the Proper of the Mass. These are the parts of the Mass which change with the season or the feast and consist in the Collect, Prayer Over the Offerings, and the Post Communion Prayer, and also three scriptural texts; the Introit, Offertory and Communion. These texts are often replaced by hymns, but you may hear them said by the priest at the beginning of the Mass or, in the case of the Communion Antiphon, just before or after the faithful have received Holy Communion. However, you almost certainly won’t have heard them sung to the proper chants appointed by the Church for use in the liturgy.  Read more
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