The Saints and Grit

Psychology professor Angela Duckworth in her TED Talk “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance” explains that doing well in school and in life depends much more on something other than talent and ability. In her research of various contexts ranging from middle school students, to West Point cadets, from first year teachers to people […]

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 […]

The Way of Beauty

When spending time in natural parks, or when gazing up the beauty of a starry sky observable from a place without light pollution, or merely witnessing a sunset in which different shades of color appear and vanish, we can say with Augustine that “All these things, created by divine art, manifest in themselves a certain […]

Purity of Heart in Augustine’s De Trinitate

Purity of heart is a human need because the human heart is caught by various desires. Some more superficial. Others are deeper. Some are temporary, and others last longer. Some desires align with what will give us true happiness, and others are misleading. Saint Augustine writes: Many are the desires of the human heart, but […]

The Sentencing Project

Changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment by examining issues such as sentencing policy, drug policy, youth justice, racial justice, etc.

Augustinian Announce 2022 Justice and Peace Grant Program

To encourage Augustinian involvement in projects concerned with justice and peace, especially in Augustinian parishes and schools, the Ordinary Province Chapter of 2018 included a provision for financial support of such projects in Province Program (No.135). A total of $7,500 can be allocated in support of such projects. Please see the memorandum below for information […]

Longing is Always a Prayer

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA “Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools.” – Saint Augustine (Sermon 80, 7) What are you longing for today? The Feast of the Presentation of the […]


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