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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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Trinity

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some time ago someone told me what I’m sure is a myth, that many bishops selected Trinity Sunday as a good day to issue a pastoral letter, so as to spare clergy the difficulty of preaching on the Trinity. It’s certainly true that a number of popular analogies tend to get us into tricky waters fairly quickly:
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Saint Edmund Gennings

Thursday, December 10, 2015
St Edmund Gennings is a martyr of the Catholic faith in England. He has one of the most remarkable stories of the English martyrs. Saint Edmund ministered to the persecuted Catholics of England in the 1590’s and is particularly noted for his love of the Mass and the English people. 
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Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What is the point of the covenant God makes with his people? In other words, who is God to love his people in the way he chooses to love us? Some would argue that the question is devoid of interest because God remains a mystery, and there is no point in knowing why God is like he is and does what he does. After all, God is God and we can live quietly on earth with or without him. Read more

First Friday of Advent: Curing the blind men

Friday, December 06, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 27; Matthew 9:27-31 Read more

YEAR OF FAITH, 11th October 2012 – 24th November, 2013.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Our Lady of Walsingham

Monday, September 24, 2012
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Walsingham is known as 'England's Nazareth', a place of pilgrimage for almost a thousand years, ever since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Richeldis de Faverches in the eleventh century. So, Our Lady of Walsingham carries a special significance to the Christians of our land. The National Shrine reminds us of the ancient faith we hold, which has shaped our culture and graced our people over the centuries. Walsingham remains a beautiful witness to the Annunciation at Nazareth, when God 'pitched his tent among us', taking our human flesh to himself in Jesus Christ. Read more

Third Week of Advent – Friday – Living the faith that we preach

Friday, December 16, 2011

Third Week of Advent - Thursday - Accept the Fullness of God's Plan

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Second Week of Advent - Monday: "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."

Monday, December 05, 2011
Readings: Isaiah 35: 1-10; Psalm 85; Luke 5: 17-26

Would you be comfortable waging your salvation on the strength of your faith? Is your faith strong enough to save you? The Gospel presents these questions often. At some point in our lives, we will each have to answer. Hopefully, each of us is ready to respond with an emphatic “Yes!”

However, would we be as zealous, as sure of the strength of our faith, if someone else’s salvation rested on our faith?

The men who lower the paralytic through the roof in the Gospel of Luke recognize the importance of acting on their faith. The crowd is too dense. They cannot get the paralytic to Jesus. If they wait too long, these men may never have a chance to save their friend. Yet, they do not let this obstacle stand in their way. When Jesus sees this man lowered through the roof, he does not cite the paralytic’s faith as he heals him. Rather, Jesus sees the faith of these men who let nothing stand between God and someone in need of God’s healing.

It can be easy for us to put ourselves on the line in a grave situation. Often times, we consider self-sacrifice a way of growing in our faith. If we fail at first, then we acknowledge our failure, repent, and continue in the life of faith. But when we realize that our faith and actions impact the wellbeing of others, we open ourselves up to the reality of our Christian vocations.

Our faith in God is not a gift solely for our benefit. We do not follow Christ isolated from other people on our own private paths. The grace of God must be diffusive, coming from God, through us, to the world. For this reason, the Church exhorts us toward the Sacraments and public witness, not only that we may grow in faith, but that we may also bring the gift of faith to others.

As we continue our Advent meditations, let us contemplate how our faith impacts the lives of others. I do not doubt the awe one experiences when hearing Jesus say, “Your faith has saved you.” But, as a member of the Body of Christ, I think such an experience reaches its zenith when Jesus also says, “Your faith has saved others.”
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