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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…

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Restless Until We Rest in God

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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What Have You Come to See?

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. "What have you come to see?" is the question Jesus poses to the messengers of John the Baptist in Luke 7:24-30. This might be a good…

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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