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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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Popular Piety: the Dead

Saturday, November 02, 2013
Why do we pray for the dead or “Holy Souls”, as they are sometimes called?  In brief terms, we pray for the dead because we believe in the immortality of the soul; we believe that nobody can be received into heaven without having first been purified of the consequences of their sins in purgatory; and, we believe that God hears the prayers of his children whether those prayers are offered for themselves or for others.  So, we pray for the Holy Souls in purgatory with confidence that God hears us.  And the reason that we do this is simply because we love them, and wish them to be in heaven. Read more

Popular Piety: Blessings

Thursday, October 24, 2013
'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ (Ephesians 1: 3). Read more

Day of Recollection at Boars' Hill

Friday, October 11, 2013
And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while." For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat (Mark 6:31). Read more

Pray4... Healing

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
After the wonderful start to our Pray4 week at St Dominic's London, Monday's service focused on healing, including the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and a special blessing for those who care for this sick. After Mass water collected during the recent Provincial Pilgrimage to Lourdes was distributed and will be taken to the housebound who were unable to join us. Read more

A new prayer for Dominican vocations

Thursday, April 11, 2013
A new prayer card for Dominican vocations has been created at Blackfriars, Oxford and is right now being distributed to our communities around the country.  Read more

First Sunday of Lent – We called on the Lord

Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Saturday after Ash Wednesday - Lenten Sabbath

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 58:9-14; Psalm 85 (86); Luke 5:27-32 Read more

Advent Silence

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
'Silence is golden' – really? Just think of all the pejorative adjectives we attach to silence: an awkward silence, an embarrassing silence, an oppressive silence, a stony silence, a deathly silence, even a silence you can cut with a knife. Uncomfortable silences are now eased only by the Awkward Turtle... Read more

Prisons Week of Prayer

Thursday, November 24, 2011
This week is Prisons Week: An ecumenical week of prayer in England and Wales for prisoners and prison ministry. It had its beginnings in 1975, as a Catholic initiative led by Bishop Victor Guazzelli, a beloved Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and titular Bishop of Lindisfarne. Br. Robert Verrill OP offers a reflection based on his own experiences in prison ministry. Read more

What the Rosary means to me - 18

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My first impressions of the Rosary were not overwhelmingly positive: from the outside, the recitation of a fixed number of set prayers seemed tediously repetitious, and the beads themselves seemed more suited to the florid piety of the medievals than to a 21st century Englishman. Surely, I thought, there must be a more enlightened way of praying? Read more

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