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Discovering the Augustinian charism of Interiority

Discovering the Augustinian charism of Interiority

Finding your hidden treasure - the way of silent prayer

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 8 - Knitting Before the Face of God

How we each find our own treasure is illustrated for me by a delightful story in Metropolitan Anthony’s School for Prayer. He tells about an old lady who visited him shortly after he became a priest in the Orthodox church. She wanted his advice about...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 7 - Looking in the Right Place

There is a story told by the American-born teacher, Gangaji, in The Diamond in your Pocket, of a thief who stole only the most exquisite gems. He would hang around the diamond district to see who was buying the gems, so that later he could pick their...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 6 - God Dwells Within

Augustine always sees the spiritual journey not as a going out, to find God outside, but as a journey inwards. ‘He bade me shut the door of our secret chamber and pray in secret,’ he writes. ‘That is, in the soundless secret places of our hearts. For...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 5 - Searching for Truth and Wisdom

As Brian Lowery, founder of the Augustinian community in San Gimignano, said during a retreat, ‘Augustine is probably more popularly known for what he was converted from than what he was eventually converted to. His earlier life with its youthful sex...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 4 - Return to Your Heart

For those who may not know much about him, Augustine of Hippo grew up in North Africa, in the remote part of the Roman Empire that is now Algeria. His mother Monica was a Christian. His father, Patricius, was a pagan.Augustine had a restless and trou...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 3 - We Shall Find God

It has been a great joy for me, translating Augustine over the years and finding words that do justice to the music of his Latin. There is a wealth of spiritual gold hidden among the five million or more words that he wrote. Hidden, because we come a...

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Part 1 - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 2 - Spiritual Gold

Prayer without words is not new. It is older than Christianity itself and was a rich part of the Christian tradition up to medieval times. It is only in our own lifetime that we have woken up to the fact that here in the West for 600 or so years the ...

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Part I - Our Lost Treasure / Chapter 1 - Sitting There All Peaceful and Quiet

Some time ago an elderly lady complained to me that she could no longer pray. ‘Father,’ she said, ‘I can’t pray like I used to. I come here to church after my shopping and sit here all peaceful and quiet.But,’ she sighed, ‘I can’t pray like I used to...

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INTRODUCTION - A Boyhood Dream

At the age of 16, I made a chance visit to a Cistercian monastery. On the way home from boarding school for the Christmas holidays my friend Joe was breaking the long train journey to visit his brother, who was then a novice at Mount Melleray Abbey i...

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