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Advent with the Augustinians

Meditate for Advent with the Augustinians. Receive a daily meditation in relation with the readings of the day written by a friar or a lay person from our community.

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Today a Saviour has been born to you

There's a different gospel for each of the Christmas masses, but in the gospel for Midnight Mass Luke describes the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-14). The details of the birth, in Nazareth when Quirinius was governor, with a baby wrapped in swaddling clot...

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Zechariah speaks

John the Baptist's father, Zechariah, rendered speechless by his elderly wife's pregnancy now has a lot to say in today's gospel. So important is this ‘Song of Zechariah', or Benedictus, as it is popularly called, it is recited every day at Morning P...

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His name is John

Yesterday it was Joseph.  Today it is John the Baptist.  God, being all-powerful,  could have zapped us from above, in an instant, to save us. But God didn't. Just as well, as I'm not too sure we would have been convinced by it. Instea...

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They will call him Emmanuel, ‘God-is-with-us'

Fourth Sunday of AdventGod, being God, is beyond anything we can imagine. God is, well, God, and there's nothing more to be said, except to be in awe. But the awesome thing is that God has come among us. God becomes a human being in the person of Jes...

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Until they rest in You

Song of Songs 2:14'My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.'Today's first reading is very special to me as it was read at our w...

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Trust and abandonment

Isaiah 7:10-13Yahweh spoke to Ahaz again and said:Ask Yahweh your God for a sign, either in the depths of Sheol or in the heights above.But Ahaz said, 'I will not ask. I will not put Yahweh to the test.'He then said: Listen now, House of David: are y...

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The Lord Has Done This For Me

Judges 13:3The Angel of Yahweh appeared to this woman and said to her, 'You are barren and have had no child, but you are going to conceive and give birth to a son'.I spoke a lot about contemplative prayer or silent prayer this week: staying still an...

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A Just Man

Matthew 1:24When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.Did you know that Saint Joseph is the Protector of the Order of St Augustine?As we can read on the Order website www.augustinians.net, ...

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Something to see and something to believe

Matthew 1:16And Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.Read the Gospel in full today. It's such a long genealogy to define the identity of Jesus! What is the point in naming all Jesus' ancestors? Is it t...

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Stretching our heart

Numbers 24:5-6How fair your tents are, Jacob, how fair your dwellings, Israel,Like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens by the banks of a river, like aloes planted by Yahweh, like cedars beside the waters!Hope. Since the 1st Sunday of Advent when ...

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A prayer of contemplation

James 5:7-8Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord's coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too must be patient; do not lose heart, beca...

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Recognise God in each other

Ecclesiasticus  48:11.“Happy shall they be who see you.”  A crucial activity during the weeks of Advent is Interiority. That is, making use of the weeks of Advent for personal prayer, meditation and further discovering the God within each o...

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Discover the God within

Isaiah  48:17.“I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you, I lead you in the way that you must go.”   The idea of Christ as Teacher was a strong image that St Augustine used frequently. As the following quote states he clearly sa...

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Listen to the voice of God

Matthew 11:15.“If anyone has ears to hear, let them listen!”   One of my favourite quotes from St Augustine is; “God speaks to us in the great silence of the heart”. This is indeed a beautiful thought but the difficulty is that we now live in a ...

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Have hope in God

Isaiah 40:28,29.“The Lord does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming. He gives strength to the weary.”   The above phrase from Isaiah is beautifully enhanced by the words of Jesus in the Gospel, “Come to me, all you who ...

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Be reconciled to God

Isaiah 40:11.“He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast.”  Perhaps in our modern world, which has become very high tech, the image of a shepherd can be lost on us. However, Isaiah, by r...

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Deepen your relationship with God

The Immaculate ConceptionPsalm 97:1.“Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.”  The above quote from Psalm 97 captures the attitude of Mary when she hears from the Angel Gabriel, that she has  “won God's favour,” and that she ...

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See God face to face

2nd Sunday of AdventSt. Paul to the Romans 15:4.“Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope.”  Hope is a key word with regard to the Season of Advent. The word captures the very essence of t...

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Guided by the shepherd

Isaiah 30:21“And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” The Gospel today describes Jesus' ministry, teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the good new...

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Live with God now

Psalm 27“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” Sometimes the story of the Christian life is told as follows: live your life as well as you can, asking for forgiveness from God when you st...

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Set your life on firm foundations

Matthew 7:24“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Life with God can seem somewhat abstract. In our secular society, we are taught that science, fact, experiment, argu...

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The Lord provides abundantly

Matthew 15:37“They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over – seven baskets full.” A word which comes to mind when looking at our society during the lead up to Christmas is excess. Advertising, shops, restaurants are al...

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Be a child in the eyes of God

Isaiah 11:3“His delight shall be the fear of the Lord” When we speak of the fear of the Lord, a lot of us think of this as an old-fashioned concept. It seems at odds with infinite love and mercy of God. It may seem at odds with your own experien...

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The word of the Lord can be trusted

Matthew 8:8"Only say the word and my servant will be healed." In today's readings we hear the story of the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servants. Jesus offers to come to the centurion's house, and we hear a reply which is familiar to us...

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Stop snoozing

Romans 13:11"it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep" On this first Sunday of Advent, we are encouraged to wake up! To wake from our slumber. But what does this mean? What is the sleep that we have to wake up from? It can at first seem di...

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