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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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The Woman of Samaria

Sunday, February 24, 2008
This reflection is by Brother Thomas Casey OP, who is responsible for the magnificent gardens at the Dominican Retreat House, Montenotte, Cork. For more photographs of the gardens see here Read more

The First Mystery of Light -The Baptism of the Lord

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Lift Read more

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Friday, February 22, 2008
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The Mysteries of Light

Thursday, February 21, 2008
In 2002, Pope John Paul II proposed that a new set of optional mysteries be introduced, the Mysteries of Light. These mysteries aim to bring out the Christological depth of the Rosary. We are invited to contemplate Christ’s public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion. In these mysteries the reality of Christ is made present to us and we come to know that He is the light of the world.

Despite the Mysteries of Light being optional, there has been some resistance to their introduction. Some people are upset that the connection between the Rosary and the number 150, the number of Psalms in the Psalter, has been broken. Pope John Paul was aware of this connection, but he felt that the Rosary was in need of revitalisation. After Vatican II, with the emphasis on the centrality of the Liturgy, there was a decline in the popularity of the Rosary. However, as Pope Paul VI said, the Rosary is not in conflict with the Liturgy, but sustains it. The Rosary faithfully echoes the Liturgy, and perhaps it does this even more so with the addition of the Mysteries of Light.

Whether or not we feel comfortable praying these new mysteries, let us never forget what the Rosary is about – in the words of Pope John Paul, ‘to recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.’
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The Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation in the Temple

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Nunc dimittis Read more

The Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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The Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity

Monday, February 18, 2008
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The sacrifice of an only son

Sunday, February 17, 2008

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The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

Saturday, February 16, 2008
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The First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

Friday, February 15, 2008
The Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38 Read more
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