Categories: From the Order
      Date: Oct  9, 2015
     Title: Moving Toward the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 2

After the first video of the Vicar General, Fr. Joseph Farrell, it is now the turn of Fr. Anthony Banks, OSA, to be entrusted with the responsibility of the Circumscriptions of the Order present in Asia and Australia. Fr. Banks, a New Zealander, is responsible for the Order’s Secretariat of Justice and Peace: “Saint Augustine made it his own the cause of the human person, not only for solidarity or for asceticism; but also for justice. And this is the mature fruit of our Augustinian fraternity to promote and to share.” Those responsible explain: “Our Order gives testimony of solidarity everywhere and is present and for this reason embraces the fate of the weakest and neediest concretely and permanently. This is the motive by which the preferential option for the poor is undertaken.” In the video, Fr. Banks recalls, under the aspect of justice and peace, some central concepts for the Order in relation to the Jubilee Year. Beginning with the writings and the sermons of Saint Augustine, we read about the necessity for justice for the Church and for the world. This is also the basis for the first spreading out of the Order, after the Grand Union in 1256, when the Order of Saint Augustine was born and went forth, based on the immediate needs of the people, for their need for certainty and support. Urged on by the Augustinian charism, this Jubilee event is an occasion to reflect on and to examine the situation of the world in order to see, act, judge and make decisions so that a positive change can be brought about. Augustinian presence means that both religious and laity in accord with the values of Saint Augustine, and in an education based on love, causes community to grow and to work together in order to find answers and to identify those elements in society that are challenges which must be confronted both socially and culturally. This is why, as an Order, “we must be full participants in the Year of Mercy, as a real opportunity to reexamine our true mission.”