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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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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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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Saint Rita, Gun Violence, and Mass Incarceration

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The U.S. system of Mass Incarceration has historically been based on a model of retribution (punishment for crimes committed against the law) rather than a restorative…

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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

by Sam Joutras, O.S.A. Imagine going to a doctor appointment and telling the doctor other people’s diseases.  Then, as you’re giving the doctor a survey of others’ diseases, you mention that…

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10 Quotes from Saint Augustine on Civil Service and Leadership

Compiled by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. What can the life and teachings of a man who lived over 1600 years ago teach us today about civil service and leadership? Consider these…

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What does Saint Augustine have to say about Mass Incarceration?

With 20% of the world's prison population, the United States has the largest rate of incarceration in the world.  What does Saint Augustine have to say about how we respond to…

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Augustine Quotes on Dealing With Those Who Have Different Views

Compiled by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. "Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Even those you do not know share in your humanity. Is this person known as…

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Augustinians Observe the International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is one of seven International Days designated for special observance in Augustinian communities, parishes, schools, and other ministries. We invite all who identify with Augustinian…

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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 Honoring God’s Presence in Others

Let your love be inflamed to correct, to amend, O Lord.  If good habits are met with, let them be praised; if bad ones, let them be amended and corrected.…

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Turning the Other Cheek

Turning the Other Cheek A Reflection on Luke 6:27-38 by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. I recently reflected on a time when I was 10 years old and sitting on our living…

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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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What is an Augustinian Response to Systemic Racism?

by Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. While it was written over 1600 years ago, the Rule of Augustine governs the Augustinian way of life today. It also provides a lot of insights…

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