Order of Saint Augustine

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

Thought of Saint Augustine
To have a good idea of God is the truest beginning of piety.
(De libero arbitrio I, 2,5)
Necessity is the mother of all human actions.
(En. in ps. 83, 8)
We can only enter into the Truth through charity.

Blessed Josephine Mary of Benigánim, virgin

January 23

Josephine Teresa was born into a poor family at Benigánim (Valencia), Spain, on January 9, 1625. She entered the local Augustinian convent of the discalced observance of the Order as a lay sister, taking the name Josephine Mary of Saint Agnes. This convent had been founded in 1597 by the Archbishop of Valencia, Saint John of Ribera. All of Josephine's religious life was marked by the workings of grace. While her demeanor was simple and humble and her efforts dedicated to the service of the community, she possessed a remarkable spirit of contemplation. Though her formal education was minimal, her gifts of counsel and theological understanding were very evident, to the extent that she was admitted among the choir sisters in 1663. Mother Agnes, as she was commonly known, died on January 21, 1692 and was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on February 26, 1888. Her remains are preserved in the Augustinian convent at Benigánim.

Blessed Josephine exemplifies well the Augustinian values of humility and simplicity in the service of others. These, together with her attraction toward the interior life and her contemplative spirit are characteristics which recommend her to society today, in search of remedies for anxiety and the tensions of life.

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