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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…

Finding Hope in the God Who Cares

Mercy is the Path Back to God

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA Isaiah 41:13-20 is a reminder to God’s people that despite the sinful things they had done, God would not forsake or abandon them. The people had…


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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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…


Finding Amazing Grace in the Darkness

Editors Note: This reflection was originally published in the Voices from Prison and the Edge newsletter (issue #30), a publication of the Adeodatus Prison Ministry under the Augustinian Defenders of…


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…


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…


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…


Mary, Mother of Captives

Mary, Mother of Captives, give us your compassion for those in prison.   Mend in mercy the broken in mind and memory.   Soften the hard of heart, the captives…


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…


If God is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

This Sunday many of us will gather in Church or over livestream to encounter the loving and saving presence of Christ.  We will encounter this presence in His Word, in…


A Litany for Peace In Troubled Times

You say, the times are troublesome, the times are burdensome, the times are miserable. Live rightly and you will change the times. The times have never hurt anyone. Those who…


Prayer for Healing from COVID19

Comfort us, O Lord, for we are like your disciples on the storm-tossed seas, unsettled by what lies ahead. We turn to You, our Healer and Guide, to hear our…


Persistence in Hope

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. A reflection on Luke 18:1-8 When the Son of Man comes …. will He find faith on earth? One of the hardest lessons in the life of a…