March 28, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

From the Prior Provincial

Even, and perhaps especially, in times like these, we’re reminded that we have Good News to proclaim, indeed, that we are to be that Good News for one another and for the world. Through understanding and compassion, encouragement and attentiveness, generosity and mercy, we make the world a better place for those around us. We friars keep all of you in prayer and we say with Saint Augustine:
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake,
or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones. 
Pity your afflicted ones. 
Shield your joyous ones
and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
   – Saint Augustine

New Video Series:
An Introduction to the Confessions of Saint Augustine

You are invited to accompany Augustine on his journey “home” by means of a personal and communal reflection on your own journey, drawing you closer to God, to yourself, to others and to the magnificent manifestation of our loving God in nature.

The journey begins with this introductory video and will be followed, weekly, by a video meditation on each of the 13 books of St Augustine’s master work: The Confessions.  Join the legion of saints and searchers throughout sixteen centuries who have found, in Augustine, a spiritual companion on the path toward a more personal relationship with Christ. God is the source and origin, Jesus himself is the path, the Way, and the Spirit is our common guide.

Tolle Lege Day: Postponed and Re-Imagined
Friday, April 24, 2020

Given all that is taking place, we have postponed Tolle Lege Day as originally conceived. We have a plan for a “Re-Imagined Tolle Lege Day”, however, that will include an initiative of spiritual support throughout these next weeks, rather than a day of financial support. In the days leading up to Tolle Lege Day, all those who are part of our Province will submit prayer intentions, reflections and words of encouragement that will be posted on the Tolle Lege Day website and remembered each day. This initiative of prayer will culminate in a live-streamed Mass celebrating the Conversion of Saint Augustine on April 24th. Let us experience the power of united prayer both to sustain us in this crisis and to plead for its end.

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Sitting down to write this blog seems like a precarious use of my time. The world is currently enduring through a remarkable period full of unknowns. Yet that is entirely why I want my blog to respond to the question “Where have you seen God present in your week?” This question holds new meaning for me as I struggle with the changes I have seen in the world around me. Normally, my volunteer responsibilities are split between assisting in Campus Ministry’s initiatives at Merrimack College and at Hands to Help, a community resource center operated by the college in Lawrence, MA…

Augustine and Catholic Social Teaching

We thoroughly enjoyed the

presentation of
Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A.
and loved having all of your comments and questions. Thank you so much to all who participated and to those who will participate by viewing this video.

Mark your calendars for:
Part 2: A reflection on “Augustine on Catholic Social Teaching
as Applied to Restorative Justice with an emphasis on Prison Ministry
April 22, 7:30-8:30 PM
Br. Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A.
Fr. Paul Morrissey, O.S.A
Founder of Adeodatus Ministry

Lenten Challenge Representative from A.D.R.O.P.

This week’s Lenten challenge representative is Susan Killeen. Sue has spent much time developing her forgiving nature and shared some of that experience with A.D.R.O.P. and the readers.
“When I hear the word, forgiveness, I think of forgiving others as God has forgiven us,” Sue stated. “There have been various times in my life I feel people have hurt me, so it really has been a lifelong experience to learn how to truly forgive.”…

March 28
“Let God be enough for you, because he doesn’t desert you. He thought about you before you existed, and won’t he think about you so that you can stay alive? You have already come to believe in him, you have praised him, you have placed your hopes in him, and will you lack what he knows we all need?”

Sermon 107A, 5

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