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Paving the Way of the Lord

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA According to Brandon Vogt, author of the book Return:  How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, for every one person who enters the Catholic Church approximately…

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Contemplation Through Intellectual Investigation

This post was adapted from a retreat given by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA on Augustine's Routes to Contemplation. Yet another route of contemplation for Augustine - which is not open…

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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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Finding Amazing Grace in the Darkness

Editors Note: this reflection was originally published in the Voices from Prison and the Edge newsletter (issue no. 30), a publication of the Adeodatus Prison ministry under the Augustinian Defenders…

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Hurry Up and Wait: Welcome to Advent

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. What are you longing for? When I was a High School senior, I applied to enter the U.S. military. Military entrance involves a weekend visit to…

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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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Growing in Hope

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The centurion found in Matthew 8:5-11 was a man who understood the concept of authority. He was someone both subject to the authority of those who…

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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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Read more about the article Saint Rita and the Narrow Way to Peace
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 and the Narrow Way to Peace

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA How do we advocate for peace and justice in a world that is not always open to honest "dialogue" on the solutions we are all hungry…

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The Journey to “the End”

By Jeremy Hiers, OSA How often do we think about the end times? In Luke 21:5-11, God invites us to reflect on just this. It is easy to get caught…

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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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Filling the Void

Editors Note: the following reflection was written by someone who faced incarceration and addiction. It was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge newsletter (issue #34),…

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Christ the King

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Once a priest was giving a homily that was a little longer than it should have been.  Yet as he went on, he became more animated.  At one…

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Do We Dare to Imagine?

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA When most of us were kids, we likely played scenarios about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Some of us may have played…

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