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Online Advent Retreat with the Augustinians

Online Advent Retreat with the Augustinians

The Augustinian Order is people - men and women - who, in the words of the Rule we profess, "live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God."

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Christmas Food

Luke 2,7 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger On a trip to Israel last January, with fellow Augustinian friars, our excellent Palestinian tourguide told us that caves were a big feature in the life of Jesus: he was buried i...

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God Doesn't Need Reindeer or Chimneys

Luke 1, 70 He promised of old that he would save us When I was a child, some of my first inklings of God's uncondtional love came through Santa Claus. Every year, without fail, I thought to myself: "Ok, this year I haven't been good enough to...

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Like, Share and Follow God's Choices

Luke 1, 39 Mary set out and went with haste Oh no! We’re not inviting Uncle Peter for Christmas are we? Don’t you remember what he did with the Christmas crackers last year?! Most of us are familiar with the upside and potential downside of having...

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“Always, already there”

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save us, whom you formed from the dust! Advent is a word that comes from the Latin advenire: ad (“to” or “at”) + venire (“to come” or “to arrive”).  Liturgically, the season is one of both...

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Falling silent

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God! Scripture tells us Mary set out in haste, but was Mary hasty?  Consider once again the scene of the Annunciation from yesterday.  In that moment with the angel, Mary modeled con...

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“How can this be?”

O Key of David, opening the gates of God's eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness! “How can this be?” Mary asks the angel Gabriel.  “How can this be?” How often this, too, is our question!   We can be going about our day, going a...

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An entryway into life

O Root of Jesse's stem, sign of God's love for all his people: come to save us without delay! There is a beautiful path that etches the periphery of a local college not far from the friary where I live.  The path itself is laden, to varying degree...

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He makes all things new.

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power! The reality of the circumstances in which Jesus was born is one not worth glossing over. It is a story rich with meaning yet often impov...

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With power and love

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge! It is always a tough one, for both presider and assembly, when the day comes around each year for the proclamation of the genealogy of Jesus...

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A fullness of light

Be glad and exult with all your heart. As we enter upon this third week of Advent, our attention draws to the third candle now lit on the wreath.  One does not need to look very far to notice that our world is filled with much darkness. In the North...

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Not Perfect, but Better

Matthew 11, 16To what shall I compare this generation? Today Jesus criticises his generation for not recognising God in their midst. What about us? What about our generation? Do we recognise Jesus as much as we could? We have so many distractions an...

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St Lucy - Let the Light In

Matthew 11,11A greater than John the Baptist has never been seenToday is the feast of St Lucy. Lucy is an early martyr, who in life wore a crown of candles on her head to light her way as she brought food to Christians in the catacombs. Her feast use...

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I will give you rest

Matthew 11, 28 Come to me all you who are weary and overburdened Yesterday I took a tumble on the street. There was a greasy patch surrounded by bright yellow cones, but I didn’t see them. Children fall all the time of course but as adults we are ...

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Let Go

Matthew 18,12 Go in search of the stray I remember my novice director (the person in charge of the first formal year when you enter a religious order) had a statue of the Good Shepherd on his desk. He remarked that what he liked about it was the fa...

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The Faith of Others

Lk 5,20 Seeing their faith Jesus said, your sins are forgiven you. Where is God?  It's a question many of us ask at certain times in life. I remember a couple once came to see me to talk about coming back to Church. However the woman said that she...

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A Bigger Story

Lk 3, 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. When Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech he was imagining a brighter future where racism no longer existed. It goes without saying that...

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Saturday 8 December - Immaculate Conception - ‘Deeply disturbed’

Lk 1:29   She was deeply disturbed by these words We all have our image of Mary encountering the angel Gabriel at the moment she was told she would conceive the Son of God miraculously. Many famous paintings depict the subject, but few seem to have...

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Friday 7 December - St Ambrose - Wanting to be loved

Mt 9:27 ‘Take pity on us Son of David’ St Augustine’s spiritual journey was a tortuous one. Even though his mother, Monica, brought him up in the Christian faith, though without baptism as was the custom at the time (men were expected to sow the...

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Thursday 6 December - ‘Smelling the sheep’

Mt 7:24 Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. It is only in recent times that buildings are built on deep foundations, which means that even where the gro...

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Wednesday 5 December - Prayer begins with desire

Ps 22(23)   In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever. Back in the 5th century AD the richest woman in the Roman Empire was a widow called Proba. Because she had wealth, she had time on her hands. And as she was a very devout Christ...

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Tuesday 4 December - Openness of heart

Lk 10:21 I bless you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever. It may seem obvious to say this, but you don’t need a university degree to be a Christian. None of the apostles was particularly well...

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Monday 3 December - St Francis Xavier - Getting to the top

Is 2:3   Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord. In the Bible mountains are places of encounter with God: Mt Sinai, Mt Horeb, Mt Tabor, and others. But mountains are also a metaphor for the spiritual life: ‘Only the one with clean hands a...

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Sunday 2 December - 1st Sunday of Advent - ‘Keep on walking!’

1Thess 4:1 We urge you and appeal to you in the Lord to make more and more progress in the kind of life you are meant to live.   Augustine once said: ‘Keep on walking!’. By that, he meant keep on making progress in the spiritual life. We either g...

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Welcome to our Advent Retreat with the Augustinians

Journey through Advent with the Augustinians: from the 1st Sunday of Advent till Christmas Day, the Augustinians are inviting you to live the Advent Season in the light of Augustinian Interiority. Meet Fr Gianni Notarianni O.S.A., Parish Priest at...

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