Augustine, 354-430. Doctor of Grace, Feast Aug 28th.
have a problem keeping pure, chaste and innocent? Perhaps the church
through the writings of Augustine can definitely enlighten you.
Although our saint lived a long time ago, the truth of his writings
and the message of all the saints is as Christ's message: "ever
ancient, ever new".
chaste was a serious problem for Augustine. It can also be a most
serious issue for married and unmarried today. We have broad
exposures to see, gaze, imagine and view beautiful bodies, images
and pictures every day. This creates attraction, interest and
excitement. Let's face it, God has made all things good. He has
created our bodies.
There is a natural and strong attraction
among sexes. This can be of the same sex or different sex. Otherwise, who would ever think about friendships,
dating and enjoying one's presence and ultimately in getting
We mustn't assume that because St Augustine lived with a
woman for many years out of wedlock we can do the same without
impunity. We must let our conscience and the church be our best
guide. Remember, Augustine, at this time, was not converted and he
lived outside of the church's values. He was living for himself and
not for God. He tells us today through his writings what we must do
to steer clear of the dangers, spiritual traps and harm that he
The sex drive is
God's gift to us. The manner in which we function and control our
feelings or experience our feelings--all our feelings, intellectual or physical, is our gift to God. It is
perhaps our most powerful instinct next to our survival instincts.
All are called to be chaste whether we are married or single. Being
pure does not mean being celibate. It means being holy. All are
called to different life styles and all are called to be holy, pure
and chaste within that life style. Any life style that doesn't
include purity, innocence and goodness, even with consenting
individuals, is not pleasing to God because it doesn't lead to
holiness, unselfishness and full honesty. We do not have a right to
indulge in sexual affairs even if it doesn't hurt anyone. There are right acts and wrong acts.
Rightness means pleasing God. God has given us a choice to discern
between right and wrong and we are often ignorant in this manner
unless we are wholly sincere, honest and pure.
Despite Augustine's era which was
decadent, are our times any less corrupt? To be innocence of heart
and see with pure eyes can only be gained by God's grace. God can
give that gift to some instantly or to others at the end of an
entire life of struggle. That gift, in itself, is a major triumph.
Only with prayer, modesty, fasting and other sound measures that the
church recommends, or God provides, can purity of heart, mind and
body be maintained and daily lived.
Others resources may
also be needed to live chaste such as professional help and
counseling by someone who is trained in that field. Is it a matter
more psychological than physical? This difficult issue is not only
for youth but for all clergy and religious, grandparents, parents
and children. (see chastity link at end)
Marriage is for those who want to share their love,
body and life. Marriage is a sacrament. It is the only sacrament
that is given and received by the recipients themselves. Most people
are called to that state and vocation. Marriage is a calling and a
gift. It is meant to be a lasting union between two individuals
symbolizing the unity of God. The fruit of marriage is a child of God. Couples need enlightenment in the matter of procreation of a child. Providence arranges or permits the creation of a child or if couples do not have a child. God knows best. We need wisdom to do our best.
The Jews asked Christ why Moses
allowed a writ of divorce to be obtained. Christ told them it was
because of their hardness of heart. Jesus elaborated on this subject
and told them that in the beginning, God intended man and woman to
be one and indissolubly bonded. There are exceptions for separations
such as lewd conduct. Jesus told Peter that what was impossible for
humans to achieve without grace is achievable with grace.
one is called by God to serve in the church as a priest or
religious, one often takes a vow of chastity. Celibacy is a
requirement for some states of life. This too is a gift from God,
freely offered and freely accepted. The church has highly esteemed
both marriage and celibacy. Within both of these states, the church
prizes chastity. Total chastity is compatible with both states of
life. There is a chastity of the mind, imagination and memory. There
is also a chastity of attitude, perception and intention. Chastity
of the body is only one form. The teachings of the church and the
doctors are clear and confirm this issue. There has been talk about
optional celibacy but our former Holy Father, JP II, has addressed that issue. The
church has said no at that time.
Through the tears and prayers of
Augustine's mother, St Monica, and the preaching and guidance of St
Ambrose, Augustine found grace and favor with God. However, he,
first, had to cooperate. He was willing to read scripture and listen
to the word of God daily. It was not easy. What a provocative lesson
we learn when we pray, read the bible and listen to those who talk
about God. This requires docility and openness to spiritual
directions and advice. Augustine did not merely receive grace. It
was given to him through his own prayers and the prayers, tears, and
efforts of others. Monica, as many other mothers and widows have
done, had a major impact and input on the conversion and holiness of her son.
Graces come as a gift and through our own prayers and others. Each
individual, however, has to do his part too.
Augustine was in
a precarious situation. The people he associated with had limited or
no morals. He was indulging in immoral thinking and actions by his
own admission. He was reading "bad" books. Those actions influenced
him to shun God. Sin is a deadly agent and vice. His habits and vices were
morally choking him to spiritual death.
In his youth,
Augustine was definitely cocky as are nearly all immature youth. To
top that, he lived in decadent times, kept away from the church and
expose himself to bad influences. Peer pressure, as today, can
easily erode one's moral standards. He said that he was so blinded
that he was ashamed among the other youths that his own viciousness
was less than theirs. He even invented things that he had not done
lest he might be held cowardly for being innocent or contemptible
for being chaste.
Obviously with his moral decline, his faith
plummeted. Exactly as the pure of heart sees God, those with impure
hearts usually see everything without God or are adverse to the
things of God. It is a deplorable and crippling spiritual state
because God shuns the creature and we shun God. It is detestable and
abhorrent state because it is an aversion to the glorious state of
the Supreme Being.
Augustine, and anyone trapped in sin, vice
or bad habits, today or anytime, experience in various degrees, vulgarity, meanness,
lack of charity, evil, naughtiness, hatred, jealousy, hardness of
heart, despair and lack of hope for better things. All of these
experiences and feelings creep into one's conscience and awareness.
This results in experiences of doom and gloom feelings, askew
attitudes, distaste about the good life and ultimately, thoughts
about defeat, despair and death. It is a vicious cycle. It
strangles, suffocates and saturates us with every imaginable, raw
and ugly evil. It makes us feel embarrassed merely to acknowledge
God. Those who live without faith dwell in dominant darkness and are
the most to be pitied. The savagery and ironicness of this condition
is that we become, as it were, prisoners and slaves to sin and cling
to it in ignorance and to a certain degree, the illusion of
comfortableness. It is a violent, bitter, living death trap and the best word to describe it is it is a horrible, hell!
The greatest horror and tragedy of moral
decline or spiritual bankruptcy is lack of genuine love. This can
make us edgy, frustrated, pestered and confused, rather than living
in a joyful and peaceful state which the possession of charity and
In this state, one finds it hard to say that
one is sorry for sin. In fact, one justifies sin as necessary,
needed or a necessity. It takes grace to admit sin. It takes grace
to detect sin. Augustine was a man on the run. He was as a caged
lion pacing back and forth. He could not look within because he had
no focus and dared not. He could not remain still and quiet to the
inner, inaudible voice within his heart because his sins prevented him. Sin leaves you to a monster, task master that is terrifying and enslaves you in prison by your own choice on earth. Afterwards, God alone knows
Sin causes us to
flee not only from ourselves but from those we dearly love. Our doctor left
his physical mother, Monica, and he was without a spiritual mother,
the church. He was alone, troubled and searching. He sailed for
Rome. He taught rhetoric and later went to Milan. It was there that
he encountered St Ambrose. God used this Pastoral Doctor of the
Church to set the spiritual trap that would spring and catch
Not only was Augustine converted but he,
in turn, became a source of grace for many including future doctors
of the church including St Teresa of Avila. For example, she was moved after
reading his famous book, the Confessions. It was a signal for her to
change her own patterns, minor as they were. (Is anything minor or
insignificant which prevents us from being united with God?) Teresa
understood how God touched Augustine's heart and soul with divine
grace. This helped him grow from sinner to saint over the years.
Teresa realized that no matter how good or holy we are, we are all
sinners learning to become saints our entire life. We are never
finished until God decides. We must start anew daily.
doctors and the greatest of the prophets, St John the Baptist,
insisted that we must decrease and Christ must increase. Grace,
virtue and daily holiness must increase in us. All are directly
linked to perseverance, change of heart and sorrow for not doing
enough for God as well as sorrow for past wrongs. The feast days for
the Baptist comes immediately after St Augustine feast day on August
28th and not without many reasons.
John was touched by God's
grace through Mary before he was born. Augustine's grace came much
later. The Church's prayer on Augustine feast day says I will sing
of your salvation. The jubilation of salvation is remarkable. We
take it for granted. When one is transformed from sinner to saint,
it is a great day for joy, celebration and singing. Those who have
been liberated from sin, and know it, live in the true freedom on
God. That is why Augustine espoused the phrase: love and live the
way you will. It has been said that those who truly appreciate spiritual light have experienced spiritual darkness. This is true whether we speak of
physical darkness or spiritual darkness.
To compare John, the holy
one, with Augustine, the sinner at that time, in one way, is to
compare the sublime with the ridiculous. Albeit, to love God, all
things work together unto good. Sometimes God allows us to become
saints with our last breath. God illustrates this truth through the
'good' thief, St Dismas. He died beside Jesus on the cross on Good
Friday. With Jesus' last breath, He declared to this saint: "This
day you will be with me in Paradise".
We need to turn our
eyes and hearts toward Jesus in faith despite our crimes, sins, and
failures. When we practice our faith daily or are dying as St
Dismas, we need to acknowledge Jesus. He is our Lord and Savior who
died for our bad deeds. Christ offered His pure, innocent life for
our non-innocent life.
Consider the lines from what is
considered the Bishop of Hippo's best book: "But, what do I love,
when I love Thee? Not the prettiness of a body, not the gracefulness
rhythm, not the brightness of light (that friend of these eyes), not
the sweet melodies of songs in every style, not the fragrance of
flowers and ointments and spices, not manna and honey, not limbs
which can be grasped in fleshly embraces-these I do not love, when I
love my God. Yet I do love something like a light, a voice, an odor,
food, embrace of my inner man, wherein for my soul a light shines,
and place does not encompass it, where there is a sound which times
does not sweep away, where there is a fragrance which the breeze
does not disperse, where there is a flavor which eating does not
diminish, and where there is a clinging which satiety does not
disentwine. This is what I love, when I love my God." Taken from the
10th book of the Confessions.
Augustine became a Christian at
thirty-three, a priest at thirty-six and a bishop at forty-one. Oh!
The power of praying, reading scripture, and listening to God's words
from inspiring preaching. All are vital for spiritual growth and
development. These spiritual efforts and activities steadily
transformed his body and soul. Many will remember his famous line as
he cried out: "Late have I love Thee, Oh Beauty, ever ancient and
ever new." We cannot forget the memorable words: "Our hearts are
restless, Lord, until they rest in You."
Saint Augustine is generally regarded as the greatest thinker of Christian
antiquity and Western intellectual thought. His influence and
religious order that he founded has spread to 52 nations.
Each of our bodies and souls needs to be strengthen by grace.
Grace is not only for the soul. Our bodies have their own laws and
tendencies. We becomes slaves and addicted to our bodies when we
indulge in sin. We then become trapped and listen to our body's laws
and cravings more than the wants of the soul. We often get our
thinking and feelings confused. Then, we become disordered with what
we think we need than with what God wants for us and from
After his conversion he was baptized and lived
with his fifteen-year-old son whom he loved dearly. However, his
son, did not live long. Before Augustine thought of becoming a
priest, he lived about three years fasting, praying and doing good
deeds. It was only by restraining his passions and searching for
truth that he was able to distinguish between a "love for life and a
life for love." He really wanted both but Jesus told him and us we cannot
have two masters. It was only when he surrendered to God that
Augustine found grace in abundance.
The ways of the Spirit
are always more sensuous than the ways of the flesh because it
ravishes, intoxicates and inebriates the invisible and inner person
to an unimaginable depth beyond our possible dreams. God's Holy
Spirit satiates us with peace and pleases us emotionally, physically
and psychologically. Why? Because of God's infinite omnipotence and
omnificent Who touches, pleases and satisfies all our feelings and
affections of the soul and body. The Spirit's power is the real,
exciting, mystical kingdom. It is a rich, luxurious palace
overflowing with thrilling and ecstatic serenity and pleasures
engulfing the body and soul with consuming delights. It bestows
amazing charity, joy, peace and a host of other fruits which God's
resplendent Spirit shares.
Those who possess genuine love
find fascinating fruits. Those who possess artifical love find foul
fruit. Jesus tells us that it is by the fruits we will know them.
Passion for God will burn you up in peace. Any other passion will
simply burn you up. This fire will be a disgusting dissatisfaction
here on earth and a real fire in eternal life that will never go out
or be diminished. However, the most excruciating pain is separation
from God over any physical pain.
Those who live intensely as Augustine and have
ardent passions for the good things of life have a splendid model in
him. Those who are tempted by the flesh and love all types of
pleasure will be stunned and delighted by reading and reflecting on
his life. Augustine did everything ardently and avidly. He was an
ardent lover of God and creatures. Grace enabled him to distinguish
the difference and that differentiation revealed and poured out to
him the grace of God.
His conversion is so exciting, dramatic
and explosive that it overshadows and somewhat minimizes his heroic
role as bishop of Hippo in Africa for thirty-five years.
conversion. It is ongoing. Some need subtle conversion; others might
need a dramatic conversion. It may cost us some inconvenience or in
some cases, it may cause us our life. God challenges us according to
our strength and his mercy. To explore amazing conversion stories
explore Sophia Press listed in the sources link listed on the left
side of the Homepage. One interesting book about conversions is
Surprised by Truth #2 by Patrick Madrid.
As bishop, St Augustine quelled the Pelagain controversy which rejected the doctrine of
original sin. That doctrine said grace is not necessary for
salvation. Imagine, St Augustine, the "Doctor of Grace", without
needing graces? He fought as other doctors before him, battling
heresies, false doctrines and error such as Manichaens and the
Donatists with excellent writings and holy living.
of his struggles and the final lesson we can learn from his
monumental contributions is that he disfavored the death penalty.
This is a sore subject today and talked about daily in the media and
St Augustine died as he
lived-with a holy passion for his church and all humankind. His
legacy is that all have enough grace available to grow and develop
from sinner to saint when we pray. He would encourage us to read and
listen to the scriptures, and above all, ask, seek, and knock with
sincere prayers for ourselves and for others. No matter how steeped
we are in sin, God is richer in mercy and love. God is ever ready to
bestow the same graces on us as he gave to St Augustine, bishop and
Doctor of the Church, but sinner first.
influences are worldwide. There are over 3000 Augustinians friars and 1,100 Augustinian nuns who live the blessings and challenges of
Augustine's vision in communities of prayer and service, contemplation and action, in 52 nations around the world.
Alexander IV canonically established the men in 1256; they were
established in the USA in 1796. Their general motherhouse is Rome,
Italy. They have provinces in PA, IL, CA, NY, TX and Canada. The
Augustinian Recollects are in NJ, NM and NY. Some ministries include
teaching, giving retreats and contemplation.
The following info. is taken, in part, from the calendar published by J. S. Paluch Company Inc and highlights the National Vocations Awareness Division. Their contact information is: address: 3825 N. Willow Rd, Schiller Park, Il. 60176; tel- 800 621 5197.
Augustine, a convert to Christianity, scholar, bishop, Doctor of the Church, and a key figure in history of Christianity, gathered a community of friends for a life of prayer and study in Tagaste (now Souk Ahras, Algeria) in 388. After his ordination in 391, he established a monastery for lay men, and in 395 for clergy, at Hippo Regius (now Annaba, Algeria)and drew up a Rule of Life. Centuries later, on December 16, 1243, Pope Innocent IV invited several communities of hermits from Tuscany to form a single religious order following the Rule of St Augustine. In March of 1244, this union was formalized, marking the beginning of the Order of St Augustine.
Scores of books
have been written on the subject of grace. Why is Augustine
considered the doctor of grace? God only knows. Perhaps his return
to grace, his struggles and his vivid descriptions of his efforts.
Our nature is blemished and scarred. Human nature is not as we were
in the "garden". We are in a fallen state. We are inclined to be
disobedient, recalcitrant and rebellious. If this can happen to the
angels, why not human beings too during God's testing period for us?
We are, above all, incomplete without grace. We all share the fate
of having to die now. That's the penalty of sin-death. Sin is life
without grace because it is spiritual death. It is sinister and it
separates us from God. The difference between the angels and us is
that we have another chance thanks to our God's mercy and promise of
a Savior after we were cast out of the "garden". Christ destroyed
sin and death.
The greater and clearer the knowledge that God
bestows on us, the greater is the accountability. Many people have a
problem with eternal damnation and separation from God. We can be
sure that God is just. No one is denied eternal life who chooses
goodness. We can choose or not choose. We have freedom of choice. We
have enough gifts from God to want to know more about our Maker.
However, our human nature is fallible and pitifully weak without
grace. We need to pick ourselves up frequently-almost daily. (God
knows best how to keep us humble.) We can be assured that our loving
Savior wants us to trust, believe, and accept that divine help will
surely come for sinners and not only to assist good and "just"
Our Savior is the best bestower of saving grace. That
is the type that St Augustine asked for, begged, and received. We too
have the same opportunity. We can plead, cry, and petition God to
help us in our fallen state and weakness in bad habits. We may not
be called the doctor of grace as he but we are all endowed with
grace to change our human nature to become as children of God. We
have a choice as the angels. Choose wisely and allow grace to guide
you no matter where, why, and how often you fall from God's favor.
That's the reason the church extends to us the sacrament of
reconciliation. When we are reconciled to God and others we become
"saved". Again, the church's prayer extols this theme: "singing of
salvation". Jesus, himself, reiterated this by telling of the
immense joy over the conversion of one sinner over ninety-nine just
God touched Augustine as he wants to touch each of us
with his saving grace. As Augustine, we sometimes have a passionate
and turbulent nature. We get angry, are envious of others, become
lazy or passive. Some of us overeat or are excessively indulgent.
Our sexual appetites and craving for certain food and drinks, unless
checked and graced, will damage us. As the famous song states,
amazing grace is truly amazing:
"Through many dangers, toils and
snare I have already come;
'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
When we've been there (heaven) ten
thousand years, bright, shining as the sun,
we've no less days to
sing God's praise than when we first begun."
Perhaps Augustine is
the doctor of grace but all are recipient of graces beyond our
wildest imagination because of the great mercy and kindness of our
God's saving grace.
Acknowledging our sinfulness, examining
our consciences and confessing our failures are the sure paths that
leads to new life, peace and joy. Augustine and all the doctors
reiterate this theme and encourage us to take that course of action.
It requires us to be continually humble, sincere and to pray daily
to reach sainthood.
St Augustine, along with the other
doctors, affirmed that Mary was the mother of Jesus "even more with
her soul than with her body". Mary was full of grace and the doctor
of grace also affirmed that she was the Mother of God.
Gambero, who I have quoted throughout this website, has some keen
insights regarding Mary taken from Augustine. Some of the following
facts come from Luigi's book: Mary and the Fathers of the Church listed in the sources.
In the West, Augustine appears to be
the first Father and Doctor of the Church to have expressed the
conviction that Mary made a vow of virginity. She gave birth to our
Head. The Church gave birth to us. Mary preceded the Church as its
type. All faithful Christians can share the same spiritual
motherhood of the Church by giving themselves over to the will of
God. Every consecrated virgin, male or female, married or unmarried,
can exercise a very fruitful, spiritual motherhood.
Mother of God is both sister and Mother to Jesus. Jesus told us
exactly the same. It's all in the gospel. It is more important for
Mary to be a disciple of Christ than to be His mother in one sense.
The blessedness of faith is superior to the blessedness of
Another personal virtue of Mary emphasized by
Augustine is Mary's humility or holy modesty. She manifested her
glorious behavior and action throughout the Good News and in her
hidden life. This is especially seen in her youth in the temple, her
marriage, the Annunciation, the finding of Jesus in the temple and
the wedding feast of Cana. If you read between the lines in the
gospels, Mary always considered herself less than she is. She is
handmaid, servant, follower and profound believer. Augustine said
she was unstained, untouched, unknown, and unappreciated. God's plan
for her is to slowly make her mark. She is categorically the Woman
who has visited us from heaven during this century unlimitedly.
Augustine informs us that God did not need a woman to become
man in the person of Jesus. When God created the first man he did
not need a woman. As he was born a man without the cooperation of a
man, he could have been born without the cooperation of a woman. He
was born of Mary to reveal his infinite love for both sexes. The
dignity of both sexes is emphasized by the Incarnation. Through
woman, poison was poured upon man, in order to deceive him. It could
have easily been the other way around. It doesn't matter. Salvation
is poured out upon man from a woman that he might be reborn in
grace. The woman, having become the Mother of Christ, will repair
the sin the other woman committed in deceiving the man.
is the Mother of grace, the diffuser of grace and the graceful
mother for Jesus, Augustine and each of us. Mary's power and God's
grace touched the Bishop of Hippo. God's power and grace, through
Mary, bestowed abundant graces on him. She will do the same for each
of us before God. She will constantly intercede for us to obtain
grace when we pray, petition and plead sincerely.
is not only a true giant of Western theology. He is undoubtedly one
of the greatest geniuses of all times. He had a remarkable
understanding of the human condition and perceived man's
irrepressible yearning for the Infinite. He is our spokesperson. We
can, with Augustine, declare: "late have I loved You. Oh, Infinite
Beauty, ever ancient and ever new!"
Once spiritual love was
incorporated into Augustine's authentic life style and daily habits,
he said: "Love and do what you will." Then and only then, this holy
bishop really knew the difference between a love for life and a life
for love. Augustine's holy love for God's poured itself out into
pure love for God's creatures. He quoted Scriptures by saying of
others "you are gods". He is gives us the perfect prescription by
showing us how to love God and creatures unitively. He is also
called the Doctor's Doctor or Doctor of Doctors. When we are touched
by grace, as the "Doctor of Grace", we'll know, as the Bishop of
Hippo came to know, God's love in all of its infinite and rich
dimensions. Fr Christoper, listed in the sources, tell us that
Augustine's friend and biographer, Pisidius, said that we can learn
more from Augustine from what he showed and did for God and
neighbor, than from his writings.
For additional prayers, works and
pictures of St Augustine:
more information about St Augustine and the Augustinians:
Rita, an Augustinian, wife, mother, widow and single parent is one
of the most remarkable woman in the history of the Church and
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Patron of Holy Souls,
is a book, remarkably written, about an Augustinian Friar that you will love. Written by Michael Di Gregorio, OSA, in a beatiful, succinct style, in 60 pages, covering The Man, The Witness, The Message and
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Bob and Penny Lord highlight Rita's life on the Super Saints on
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books they offer at 1-800-633-2484 and outside the USA at
another exceptional and holy Augustinian, St Clare of Montefalco:
For many interesting features and writings of Augustine:
Augustine would endorse this website with passion:
Augustine of Hippo: Biography and Selected Online Writings- Early Church Father & Doctor of the Church - A ministry of Dr Marcellino D' Ambrosio
Many new insights, wisdom and the love of God can be discovered by the link below. It contains minute meditations for every day of the year taken from the writings of St Augustine. Certainly, Augustine was perhaps one of the most profilic writers among the doctors, a great lover of God's people and a genius. He cooperated and changed from sinner to saint with God's holy grace, special friends such as St Ambrose, the first doctor of the church, and the tears and prayers from his holy mother, St Monica.
His words are trenchant, abazed with the fire of God and transforming to effect the same spiritual magnificence in us that he, himself, received. Augustine writes with explosive and penetrating love with the Paraclete etching each word in his intellect to imprint and impress us with that same intense, divine madness and Love.
The below web site contains comprehensive resources on our church, faith, the bible, saints, writings, apologetics, evangelization, family issues, links, and many pertinent services. This superior and highly organized web site (see Table of Content) is a most fascinating site with beautiful prayers, devotions, and really too much to enumerate. A truly universal catholic site.
Prayer to Saint Augustine
Pope John Paul II
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------The great Augustine: son, sinner, saint
On Thursday, 11 November , the Holy Father received the relics of St. Augustine (354-430), Doctor of the Church, in his Private Chapel. This marks the first time in history that the Saint's relics have been brought to Rome for veneration, and the occasion was the 1650th anniversary of his birth.
O great Augustine, our father and teacher,
who knows the shining paths of God
and also the crooked paths of men,
we admire the marvels that divine Grace
has worked in you,
making you a passionate witness
to truth and goodness
at the service of your neighbour.
At the start of a new millennium marked by
the Cross of Christ,
teach us to read history
in the light of divine Providence,
which guides events to the
final encounter with the Father.
Guide us towards goals of peace,
kindling in our hearts
your own desire for the values
upon which we,
with the strength that comes from God,
can build the "city of Man".
May the profound teaching that you drew,
with loving and patient study,
from the ever-living sources of Scripture
enlighten all who are tempted today
by alienating mirages.
May you obtain for them the courage
to set out on the way
towards that "inner man" in whom the One,
who alone can restore peace
to our restless hearts, awaits.
So many of our contemporaries seem to have
lost the hope of reaching,
amidst the many conflicting ideologies,
the truth that they continue to yearn for
in depths of their hearts.
Teach them never to give up their quest
in the certainty that,
in the end, their efforts will be rewarded
by the fulfilling encounter
with that, supreme Truth, who is the Source
of every created truth.
Lastly, O St Augustine,
communicate to us too a spark
of that burning love for the Church,
the Catholic mother of the Saints,
which sustained and gave life
to the efforts of your own long ministry.
Enable us, as we walk together under
the guidance of our legitimate Pastors,
to reach the glory of the heavenly Homeland
where, with all the Blesseds,
we can join in singing
the new and eternal Alleluia.
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24 November 2004, page 7
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The Augustinian Order have posted information on their Order and their founder on My Space web site and it can be view at:
Saint Augustine and the Augustinians
There is an abundant amount of information not only about the Order and St Augustine but hundred of saints with beautiful pictures throughout on the many blogs and links.
The Augustinians of the Province of Villanova have been serving the United State’s East Coast Catholics since 1796. We have expanded our outreach through the on-line ministry of our new site…www.AugustinianPress.org. At the moment we offer hundreds of products such as Books, Artwork, Icons, Greeting Cards and Music CDs. In addition we provide online articles and links to daily mediations, spiritual formation, and Augustinian spirituality. And we hope to extend our service and offer even more Adult Spiritual Formation programs and materials in the next few months. See link below