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Was Augustine a Monk? (Part 3)

by Brian Lowery, OSA Editors Note: This posting was is part of a class given by Fr. Brian Lowery, OSA titled "The Spirituality of the Rule of Saint Augustine" in…

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Was Augustine a Monk? (Part 2)

by Brian Lowery, OSA Editors Note: This posting was is part of a class given by Fr. Brian Lowery, OSA titled "The Spirituality of the Rule of Saint Augustine" in…

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Running Towards the Gift

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Last weekend I went home to Cincinnati for a visit and some members of the family wanted to surprise my 7 year old niece and 3…

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Contemplation Through Silence

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Naturally, most important for all the routes is the element of silence…

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Contemplation Through Wonder

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Another route to contemplation was Augustine's gazing at the world with wonder…

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What Can the Incarcerated Teach Us About Advent?

As we journey towards Christmas, the Advent season invites us reflect on the hope we have that Christ has come and Christ will come again to free us. Yet, throughout…

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Contemplation Through Love

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Another route of contemplation for Augustine was charity or love itself. Charity…

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Contemplation Through Our Desires

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Let’s us now go to the expression “Return to your heart”. For…

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God, how magnificent are your works!  In wisdom you have made them all.  They are yours, you have made them all.  Thanks be to You!  But you have made…

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Contemplation Through Our Life Experiences

Editors Note: Disappointment, disillusion, disenchantment and boredom in life are unpleasant negative experiences, but they are not without positive fruit if they are allowed to teach. This post was adapted…

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Confessions Book 1

How can we understand God?  In this first book of his Confessions, Saint Augustine explores the existence of God and how creation relates to him.  He begins with a reflection…

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When They Don’t “Seem” to Understand

Many of us may identify with Jesus’ weeping in Luke 19:41-44 as he laments over Jerusalem and its rejection of Him and His ways. Perhaps we too weep when we consider…

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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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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…

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