A Prayer for Social Justice Ministry

Good Jesus, if only I could, for love of you, give food to all the poor!  Lord, if only I could visit every hospital and serve the sick, if only…

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A Reflection on COP26

by Paul Graham, OSA The United Nations Climate Change Conference is coming to a close. Was it good or bad?  Like the curate’s egg, a bit of both. The fact…

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Mass Incarceration and Systemic Poverty

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The issue of Mass Incarceration is linked to many other challenges and issues facing our society today. This is especially true when it comes to the…

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Prayers for Migrants and Immigration Reform

In response to its commitment to promote the dignity of all human persons and immigration reform, the Augustinians have developed petitions to be used throughout the week as part of…

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Do You Dare to Be Different like St. Rita?

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus is acknowledging our proclivity towards sin and its effects on the world. Perhaps he says to us today, "Greed, discrimination, materialism, inequality,…

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Joey

Editors Note: the following reflection is written by an affiliate of the Order of Saint Augustine and was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge, a…

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Are you in Recovery?

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA As I was reflecting on Jesus' explanation of the Parable of the Dishonest Steward found in Luke 16:9-15, I recalled a tour I recently took of…

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Saint Rita, Gun Violence, and Mass Incarceration

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The U.S. system of Mass Incarceration has historically been based on a model of retribution (punishment for crimes committed against the law) rather than a restorative…

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Read more about the article Saint Rita Understands our Time of Division and Conflict
St. Rita was contemplating the passion of Jesus Christ. When she suffered she looked to Christ for guidance on how to handle it. Stained Glass window at the National Shrine of Saint Rita. Photo by Fr. Dan McLaughlin, OSA.

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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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