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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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There Is Always Room for Hope

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. Perhaps my favorite part of Augustinian life is the fact that we continuously encourage one another in the good times, the bad times, and all the…

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Searching for God in Stillness

         by Michael Riggs, O.S.A. When I was discerning religious life with the Augustinians, I was searching for something in my life that would give a sense of greater purpose.…

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Wisdom from Saint Augustine on Grief

Of necessity, we must be sorrowful when those whom we love leave us in death. Although we know that they have not left us behind forever, but only gone ahead…

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A Prayer for Salvation and Forgiveness

Save me, Lord, by your mercy, not by my righteousness, not by my merits. Save me, not because I am worthy, but because you are merciful. Hear me, not according…

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A Prayer for Conversion and Freedom

Lord, through a true conversion of heart you led Saint Augustine out of the depths of sin to your love, come to our heart, so we will forget our sins…

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Saint Augustine and Social Justice

What does Saint Augustine have to say about Social Justice? by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. Poverty, war, oppression, inequality, mass incarceration, and discrimination are some of the many social justice issues…

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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…

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