Saint Rita Understands our Time of Division and Conflict

We live in a very divided world.  The level of division we are experiencing here in the United States can at times appear so deep we may wonder if there is any hope for healing and reconciliation, let alone unity.  Saint Rita was married into a family that was rivals with another family.  The rivalry […]

The Little Way in Jail

Editors Note:  the following reflection was written by someone who has faced incarceration and was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge, a publication of the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. Just as the tattoos on my body testify as to who I was prior to finding Christ…the following […]

Canadian Augustinian Center for Social Justice Accomplishments from 2020 Grant Program

The Canadian Augustinian Center for Social Justice recently released a report on accomplishments undertaken with funding from the Midwest Augustinian Grant Program.  Full details are included in the below  memorandum.  For more information on Augustinian Grant Programs, click here.

What a Trip to a Battle Zone Taught Me about Easter

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. Whoever goes to Christ goes from fear to love. Saint Augustine (Confessions, IV, 14, 22) As we continue our journey through Easter, we see the early disciples often struggled to recognize the risen Lord as He appeared to them.  In Luke 24:35-48 the risen Lord enters and the disciples are startled, […]

What Can Saint Rita Teach Us About Easter?

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A.   Roll away the stone.  At Christmas we rejoiced that love has come.  Now at Easter we rejoice that love has won. Love always wins. On Easter morning the early followers of Jesus discover an empty tomb.  When they went into that grave they discovered that Jesus, who had been crucified, […]

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

by Sam Joutras, O.S.A. Imagine going to a doctor appointment and telling the doctor other people’s diseases.  Then, as you’re giving the doctor a survey of others’ diseases, you mention that you don’t have those same conditions.  Throughout the appointment, you never talk about your own health concerns.  Isn’t this what we do when we gossip or puff ourselves up?   Lent is […]

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