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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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Pilgrim Profiles: Catherine Wallis-Hughes

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Valladolid

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Of Dogs and Crumbs...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our Lady Vulnerata: Valladolid

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Welcome to Madrid!

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Caleruega

Friday, August 26, 2011
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WYD - a Retrospective

Thursday, August 25, 2011
It's often said in the Order that one should beware of making suggestions lest one be asked to implement them. While this was indeed the case with our Dominican Pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD), I have no regrets about having suggested to my Student Master last summer that such a youth pilgrimage would be worthwhile. Because it has been most worthwhile, and very rewarding, and I have really enjoyed organizing the pilgrimage as an act of diakoniaRead more

Santo Domingo de Silos

Thursday, August 25, 2011
On Sunday morning we began our journey through Spain with a visit to Santo Domingo do Silos, a town built around the historic Abbey of St. Dominic of Silos. The monastery has a special place in the story of our Holy Father St. Dominic. His mother Blessed Jane made a pilgrimage to the tomb of the great abbot saint to pray that God would give her a son. Her prayers were answered and she named his first born son after the great intercessor. We were privileged to joins the monks for Lauds and were treated to a tour of the monastery by one of the brothers. Read more

Biblical Beasts: Ostrich

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The ostrich is mentioned twice in the bible, once in Lamentations and once in Job. In Lamentations, the Lord complains that his people have become heartless like the ostrich, and in Job the Lord gives a caricature of the ostrich as a bird which waves its wings proudly but cannot fly. Taken together, these two passages can be understood to say something about humanity in general. Just as a bird’s freedom depends on its wings, so a man’s freedom depends on his rationality. In the case of the ostrich, we see that having wings is not sufficient for a bird to have the freedom to fly, yet the ostrich seems joyfully oblivious to the way in which most birds use their wings and the ostrich doesn’t seem to care that it is flapping its wings in vain.

Similarly, man’s freedom depends on being a rational animal, but being rational is not sufficient for man to be completely free. Man’s use of his reason can be like the ostrich’s use of its wings. Sinful man can think as much as he likes and yet can be totally unaware of and unable to reach the heights to which sinless man reaches, which is nothing other than the beatific vision in heaven. The story of our redemption is how Jesus Christ not only shows us what we can do if by grace we were to be cleansed from sin, but he can actually give us the grace to live without sin. So rather than being like ostriches which can’t fly, our nature is transformed to be like the birds that have the freedom of the heavens.  Read more

World Youth Day: Patrons

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Here is an edited version of a talk given by Br Gregory Pearson during the English Dominicans' pilgrimage to Madrid for World Youth Day: Read more
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