Order of Saint Augustine

"Anima una et cor unum in Deum!" (Regula)

Thought of Saint Augustine
The majesty of God surpasses by far our capacity for expression, because it is better to think of God than to talk of Him, and better is He still than what is thought.
(De Trinitate VII, 4,7)
When did the Lord want to show himself? At the breaking of the bread. We can be sure of that: by sharing the bread, we recognize the Lord.
Past and present I find in all movement of things; but it is not so in the Truth that remains forever; I only find the present in her, and this is incorruptible; this cannot be said of creatures.
(In Io. Ev. XXXVIII, 10)

The Augustinians at the U.N.

The Order of Saint Augustine is associated with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization, working in close relationship with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and other religious and civil non-governmental organizations.

The early Christian community of Jerusalem was known for sharing life and goods, joys and hopes, in solidarity and love. As for Augustine, this experience is also a point of reference for the Augustinians. “To have one heart and one mind entirely centered on God,” “to share with those most in need,” and “to hold all things in common” is our proposal of a lifestyle for today, the same principles that Augustine adopted for his own community.

The Augustinian Role in the UN

1. To encourage awareness and to train Augustinians in the mission of educating and promoting the culture of peace and human rights.

2. To familiarize our laity with the declarations, projects and activities of the United Nations, particularly in the fields of education, human rights and the eradication of hunger.

3. To urge the creation of the Secretariat of Justice and Peace in the circumscriptions where it does not exist and to empower it where it does.

“You give bread to the hungry person, but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe the naked person. Would that all were clothed and this necessity did not exist.”(Saint Augustine, Tractate 1 John 8.8)

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