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Online Lent Retreat with the Augustinians

Online Lent 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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Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34, 37-43; 1 Corinthian’s 5:6-8; John 20:1-9Traditionally, we have found it easy to think of the cross as the measure of God’s love for us. Because of the focus on the cross, we in the west find it more difficult to think of the resurrection ...

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Holy Saturday

 Exodus 14:15-15:1; Exodus 15; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 117(118) 1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Luke 24:1-12The same basic story of the women at the tomb is recounted in all four gospels. However, the evangelists differ in sequence, in wording and in detail, accordi...

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Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 30(31):2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42In the Triduum, we celebrate the great events that gave us new life in Christ and the Fourth Gospel is especially rich, offering six “lenses” through whic...

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Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116(115): 12-13, 15-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15As often in John, there is much more to this story than a simple example of mutual service. (1) This story is unique to John, although it echoes parable-like sayi...

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 68(69):8-10, 21-22, 21, 33-34; Matthew 26:15-25We move to Matthew’s Gospel for a second account of the betrayal of Judas. During the joyful feast Passover, the dreadful judgement of Judas is given. This is quite frightening and p...

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Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 70(71):1-6, 15, 17; John 13:21-33; 36-38In the Fourth Gospel, Judas is vilified at each mention (John 6:71; 12:4; 13:2, 11, 26, 29; 18:2–3, 5). Lest we miss what is really happening, the evangelist adds two notes. The first is ev...

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Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 26(27):1-3, 13-15; John 12:1-11The anointing at Bethany is received differently all four Gospels. Mark (14:3-9), Matthew (26:6-13) and John place it before the Last Supper while Luke tells a very similar story much earlier in his...

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All The Way

"Lift up your heads, O gates, our king is coming!"Impulse I Today, we are starting Holy Week. We will follow Jesus on his way, from the entry into Jerusalem to his suffering and death upon the cross all the way to his resurrection. Let us c...

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God's Beloved Children

O LORD, be not far off! O thou my help, hasten to my aid! I am a worm and no man. Scorned by men, and despised by the people.Ps 22 (21):20.7  Impulse on Ez 37:21-28 und John 11:45-57 How on earth could Abraham bear up under this pressure? He was supp...

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The "Whole Colour Range of God"

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! For my life is spent with sorrow. Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors! Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on thee.Ps 31 (30):10.16.18Impulses on Jer 20:10-13 and John 10:31-42 It see...

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The Closest Confidant

Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant, so let those who are called may through his death receive the promised eternal inheritance.Hebr 9:15Impulses on Gen 17:1a.3-9 und John 8:51-59 The liturgy of this season of Lent expects us to cope with a lo...

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A Liberating Truth

"You delivered me from my enemies, O LORD, you exalted me above my adversaries, delivered me from men of violence." Ps 18 (17): 49Impulses on Dan 3: 14-21.49.91-92.95 und John 8: 31-42 "You will know the truth, and the truth will make ...

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Poisoned communication

Wait for the LORD, be strong, and let your heart take courage, yea, wait for the LORD! Ps 27:14Impulses on Numbers 21:4-9 und John 8:21-30 The Scripture lessons for Lent are sometimes difficult to understand for our ears. The conflict between Jesus a...

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Dare to be a friend

Be gracious to me, o God, for men trample upon me, all day long foemen oppress me.Ps 56:2Meditation on Daniel 13:41c-62 (resp. Susanna 41c-62 in The Apocrypha) & John 8:(1-11) 12-20Two women are at the centre of today's lessons: Susanna from the ...

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‘Who are you to judge?'

Let him who is without sin cast the first stoneJohn 8: 1-11Increasingly it seems, we need to rediscover the meaning of forgiveness. We live in a world of righteous indignation, populist politics, and zealotry, none of which is very conducive to refle...

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Fake news

Look and see that no prophet arises from GalileeJohn 7, 53The Pharisees in today’s gospel were guilty of fake news: they claimed that no prophet came from Galilee. This was not true. Jonah was from Gathhepher, which was a town of Zebulun, in Lower Ga...

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Good News or Bad News?

“Let is beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us"Wisdom 2, 1“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This famous quote by the British historian, Lord Acton, is relevant for today’s scripture readings. The people ...

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To make people see sense

A people threatened with disasterExodus 32In the Book of Exodus, the Lord tells Moses that he will destroy the people of Israel for their decadence and for worshipping idols. Images of places laid waste by natural disasters of the kind that threatene...

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Something is about to happen

The hour is coming, and is now here.John 5: 25Laziness is a peculiar vice, more like an affliction than a guilty pleasure or calculated act of selfishness. A lack of virtue rather than a rejection of it. I can’t be bothered to go to church. I’m too e...

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Beyond what seems possible

I have nobody to help meJohn 5: 7Homelessness in London is not difficult to find. Nor is it difficult in my experience to think quite cynical thoughts about the beggars we encounter, and to find reasons to ignore them. If they really are destitute, h...

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Sudden illumination

Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believeJohn 4: 48Everyone wants a miracle. How much easier our faith would be if we could only be shown a wondrous sign, to have our prayers answered and know beyond doubt that what we want to believe is ...

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A NEW CREATION

Today’s gospel, the story of the prodigal son, sometimes infuriates rather than inspires. When a group discusses this passage, there are bound to be some in the group who will protest loudly that this is not a good news story. They will claim that it...

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HONEST WITH GOD

Many years ago Rabbi Lionel Bloom had an amusing and perceptive article in The Tablet on how people come to prayer. He noted that some people seemed to think that they had to leave to one side whatever was going on in their lives at that moment, and ...

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LOVE IS GOD’S WAY

I invite you to think of somebody who is very significant in your life. Think of why they are important to you and what they have contributed to your life. This will probably remind you of specific occasions and experiences you have had of their kind...

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A SPIRITUALITY OF IMPERFECTION

In today’s reading from Jeremiah, God sounds like a parent unable to get through to a teenager, or like a group of older people, like myself, shaking their heads at how different young people are today. “They don’t listen, they don’t pay attention, t...

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JESUS – REBEL OR LEGALIST?

One of the great boasts of the Israelites was that they had a system of laws better than any other nation and Moses told them “Keep them [the laws], observe them, and they will demonstrate to the people your wisdom and understanding.” In the gospel, ...

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FORGIVING LOVE

Love takes many forms and our readings today draw attention to a way of loving that is particularly appropriate to humans, and also particularly difficult for us. I refer to forgiveness.It is impossible for two people to be so in tune with each other...

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WOW MOMENTS

“Here I am Lord”Down through the centuries many artists have been attracted by the story of the Annunciation. As I have never had the experience of a visitation from an angel, I could never identify with these paintings. Then I saw the painting of th...

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God is not absent

I have seen the miserable state of my people in Egypt.Exodus 3:7The last two Sundays took us to places of silence where humanity on its own and without any defence, encountered God – the desert and the mountain. Those locations might have made it a b...

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Let's go home

This man, they said, welcomes sinners and eats with them.Luke 15:2There is just something about domesticated animals. I can recall how my grandmother kept a few goats in a small building behind our kitchen. Each morning, she would open the door to th...

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Excuses do not count!

Come on, let us kill him and throw him into some well; we can say that a wild beast devoured him.Genesis 37:20Some years ago, one of my professors in philosophy explained the word excuse. He said the following: "an excuse seeks to extenuate, som...

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Just not good enough!!!

A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the lord.Jeremiah 17:5Not many people would argue against trust as a central value in any human relationship. If spouses do not trust each other, it w...

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I; it has to be me

Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave.Matthew 20: 26-27The interaction between Jesus and His followers is one that many persons look at with some level of uneasiness. Was ...

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The Right Thing, The Right Way

Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin MaryHer husband Joseph, being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally.Matthew 1:19The story of Joseph truly belongs to a forgotten era. Here was a man ...

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Mind the Gap, Please

To the Lord our God mercy and pardon belong, because we have betrayed him ...Daniel 9:9The city of London does not have any of the seven wonders of the ancient world (according to Joshua Mark) nor does the House of Parliament boast of having the most...

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Spiritual mountaineering

‘Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone’   Jn 17:1 They say you are either a mountain person or a sea person.  I’m definitely a mountain person. Always have been. I only ...

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Universal love

‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ They say that Christianity is unique among world religions in urging love for one’s enemies. Most traditional societies and religions have no concept of universal love.  That is, of love out...

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The desire for prayer is already prayer.

‘My soul is longing for the Lord more than watchman for daybreak’ Ps129 In days gone by, when there was no electricity and night was pitch dark, city walls would have guards posted to watch for daybreak. They would call out as soon as light bega...

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A sense of peace and calm

‘Search and you will find’ Mt 7:7 The Confessions of St Augustine, one of the most famous books in world literature, is really a description of Augustine’s search for God - and the discovery that God had been searching for him. He describes his ...

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What it means to be ‘humble’

‘A humbled, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.’ Ps 50 One of the things the Church urges us to do in Lent is to go to confession. Sadly, regular confession is no longer one of the hallmarks of Catholic devotional life. Other Christians ...

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Make this Lent an ecological one.

‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth…’ Is 55:10 The environment may not be an obvious object for concern during Lent, but it is. The opening sentence of today’s first reading from Isai...

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Other-centred

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food…’ Mt 25:35 Today’s Gospel is the most quoted scriptural passage in the works of St Augustine. Why is that? It gets to the core of what it means to be a Christian. Surprisingly, we won’t be judged on the amou...

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On the right page

If you are the Son of God Luke 4,3 When I was young I had a children’s picture Bible. I would very quickly flick passed the story of Jesus’ temptations. I was spooked by an illustration of the devil, complete with horns, cloven-hooves and a pitchfo...

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Medicine for the soul

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners Luke 5, 32 I remember once talking to a non-religious friend at art college about my experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession. He couldn’t imagine, putting himself in...

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Half a Cucumber

Would that today you might fast so as to make your voice heard on high! Isaiah 58, 4 My father was an Italian chef and so food was always important in our family. I blame this for my lack of discipline when it comes to fasting! Today’s readings r...

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Choose life

Whoever loses their life for my sake will save it Luke 9, 24 Choose life. This is the tagline for Danny Boyle’s 1990s film, 'Trainspotting'. It is a film about a group of heroin addicts growing up in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh. I...

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Ash Wednesday - Remember that you are dust

Return to me with your whole heart  Joel 2, 12 The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, once wrote a reflection on 9/11 called "Writing in the Dust." He drew comparisons between the chilling images of victims covered in ash...

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Welcome to our Lent Retreat with the Augustinians

Meet up again with the Augustinians for a new Online Lent Retreat on the Hozana platform. From Ash Wednesday till Easter, we are inviting you to live the Lent Season in the light of Interiority, a key value of Augustinian spirituality. Click to w...

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