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Fly over what is bodily and embrace the being of the soul; transcend the soul and please God.
(In Io. Ev. XX, 11)

Saint Augustine

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Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the Vocations Commission took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Rome, Italy
April 2014
The first meeting of the new International Commission for Evangelisation and Pastoral ministry took place in April 2014 in Rome...
Vatican City, Rome
April 2014
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints to publish the decree regarding the heroic virtue of Br. Sebastián Elorza Arizmenedi OSA (1882-1942)...
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Chicago, USA
March 2014
During the week of Mach 24-27, Provincials from English-Speaking Countries where the Order serves gathered in Chicago...
Paracuellos de Jarama, Spain
November 2013
The bishop of Alcalá annually celebrates Eucharist in the cemetery of Paracuellos de Jarama, where seventy Augustinian religious were martyred...
Cebu, Philippines
November 2013
The extent of the destruction caused by the catastrophic earthquake and super-typhoon which recently occurred in the Phillipines cannot be described sufficiently in words....

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Solemn Profession

JANDE, Mark Nelson (NIG), November 13, 2013
YASHIM, Chris-John Gabriel (NIG), November 13, 2013
DUNG, Davou Alfred (NIG), November 13, 2013
IWUH, Ignatius Chiedozie (NIG), November 13, 2013
SODJE, Ochuko Kenneth (NIG), November 13, 2013
EGBEDIKE, Chinonso (NIG), November 13, 2013
RAMOS CASTILLO, Edwin Eliecer (PAN), September 28, 2013
SAAVEDRA MENDIETA, Luis Estaban (PAN), September 28, 2013
CAMPO VILLACORTA, Bernabé (HIS), September 21, 2013
IZAGUIRRE SANCHEZ, Héctor Alexander (AMC), August 17, 2013
GARCIA ZABALA, José Javier (AMC), August 17, 2013
ROSARIO JOAQUÍN, Héctor Luis (ANT), August 03, 2013
SANTANA DURAN, Rafael (ANT), August 03, 2013
BARBOSA ANGARITA, Néstor Adrián (VEN), July 06, 2013
MARCANO MOLINA, José Rafael (VEN), July 06, 2013
MLELWA, Constantine (TAN), July 02, 2013
LENDO, Elmer Jamero (CAE), June 08, 2013
REYES, Ric Anthony Alcibar (CAE), June 08, 2013
ALVAREZ ALVAREZ, Crisanto (COL), June 08, 2013
RODRÍGUEZ PÉREZ, Germán Darío (COL), June 08, 2013
BENAVIDES JURADO, Jhonatan (COL), June 08, 2013
PINEDA HENAO, Camilo Augusto (COL), June 08, 2013
PONCE SOTOMAYOR, Faith Darwin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ACUPAN PATAGAN, Anthony (ORI), May 22, 2013
CASPE BALEÑA, Juanito (ORI), May 22, 2013
TABAN, Elia (CON), May 18, 2013
NDANDA ALOGWA, Vincent (CON), October 07, 2012

First Profession

ESONO MANGUE, Filemón Nkara (PHI-TAN), August 28, 2013
RENTSCH, Christian (GER), August 24, 2013
BARKER, Brian (CHI), August 11, 2013
RUIZ, Joseph (CHI), August 11, 2013
CISSELL, Bernard (CHI), August 11, 2013
POTENCIO, Aldo (VIL), August 03, 2013
FRADER, Estimé (VIL), August 03, 2013
KERNS, Bryan (VIL), August 03, 2013
PINZON ARENAS, Fabian Andrés (VEN), July 13, 2013
CASCO MUÑOZ, Pedro Francisco (AMC), July 13, 2013
POLANCO PEREZ, Mario Ernesto (AMC), July 13, 2013
HOYOS AGUILAR, Engels José (AMC), July 13, 2013
QUIRÓS TENCIO, José Alexander (PAN), July 06, 2013
CRUZ CARRANZA, Gustavo Alberto (PAN), July 06, 2013
PINTO MARTÑINEZ, José Enrique (PAN), July 06, 2013
SERRANO JURADO, Carlos Raúl (PAN), July 06, 2013
LEONES PÉREZ, Juan (PAN), July 06, 2013
ARCIA, Jorge Luis (PAN), July 06, 2013
MBADWE, Amos (TAN), July 01, 2013
MGAYA, Gideon (TAN), July 01, 2013
MLELWA, Edgar (TAN), July 01, 2013
NCHIMBI, Jasilo (TAN), July 01, 2013
NGIMBI, Mathew (KEN), July 01, 2013
ARROYO ROYALES, Dioscoro (ORI), May 22, 2013
MALQUIN RODRIGO, Aldin (ORI), May 22, 2013
ATIENZA, James Carlo Mesina (CAE), May 11, 2013
BALLER, Jubanie Rey Fides (CAE), May 11, 2013
BILLONES , Fredie Camilo (CAE), May 11, 2013
DOMASIAN, Mark Noveros (CAE), May 11, 2013
PARMISANO, Jaime Silvestre Cubeta (CAE), May 11, 2013
PASPE, Christian Jhon Gumban (CAE), May 11, 2013
POLIQUIT, Armar Dondriano (CAE), May 11, 2013
REVILLA, Florentino Gallo III Palattao (CAE), May 11, 2013
FUTOSHI MATSUO, John (JAP), February 11, 2013
HO THONG THUY, Micae (AUS), February 03, 2013
RESOLADO, Saldie L. (AUS), February 03, 2013
SEVARE, Percival (AUS), February 03, 2013
LEE SEONG-HO, Antimo (KOR), February 02, 2013
PARK SANG-IL, Wilibrordo (KOR), February 02, 2013
HONG SEUNG-MIN, Johan (KOR), February 02, 2013
BETANCOURT BUITRAGO, Robinson J. (COL), January 26, 2013
ALBA LAVERDE, Wilmar A. (COL), January 26, 2013

Saint Augustine:

«Of necessity we are sorrowful when those whom we love leave us in death... Our weakness bears us down, but our faith bears us up. We sorrow over the human condition but find our healing in the divine promise.» (Sermon 172)

BOSMANS, Lambert G. (CAN), April 20, 2014
ALVAREZ GOMEZ, Domingo (PHI), April 13, 2014
WOOD, Edson J. (VIL), April 09, 2014
POZO LIEBANA, Adolfo Benito del (PHI), March 18, 2014
DIEZ PEREZ, Agustín (PHI), March 13, 2014
HAUGHEY, Peter (HIB), March 05, 2014
PEETERS, Jan (HOL), February 25, 2014
GAVIN, John R. (CHI), February 22, 2014
CRESPO CRESPO, Ovidio (CAS), February 21, 2014
MIFSUD, Joseph (MEL), February 09, 2014
PRIETO PELLITERO, Julián (PHI), February 05, 2014
MAGRO, Saviour (MEL), February 04, 2014
TELLINA, Loreto (ITA), February 03, 2014
JONK, Willem (Win) (HOL), February 01, 2014
HANOUILLE, Roger (VIL), January 26, 2014
ORTEGA CUESTA, Vidal (CAS), January 15, 2014
REVILLA MARTINEZ, Vidal (PHI), January 12, 2014
HERRMANN, Winfried (GER), January 06, 2014
GRIFFIN, Edward (VIL), January 04, 2014
ROBLES BARO, Frutos (PHI), December 29, 2013
MARTIN MARTIN, Saturnino (PHI), December 23, 2013
PUFFER, Georg (VIE), December 17, 2013
BRESNAHAN, John (VIL), December 09, 2013

Spirituality

The spirituality of the Order, whose principal features are presented here, proceeds from the following of Christ according to the teachings of the Gospel and the action of the Holy Spirit. Its principal point of reference is the teaching and example of Saint Augustine, complemented by the tradition of the Order. The principal document of our spirituality is the Rule, which must direct our lives and action. Augustinian spirituality, developed over time, and enriched by the example and teachings of our forebears, ought to be lived according to the circumstances of time, place, and culture and in harmony with our charism.

Evangelical and ecclesial aspects

The fundamental norm of religious life is the following of Christ, set out in the Gospel, that motivates us to live in love according to our particular consecration. So above all, we must have love for God and for our neighbor (Mt 22,40), as the supreme norm of the Gospel and the mandate of Jesus to his disciples, after the model of the early community of the Church in Jerusalem, established under the holy apostles (see Acts 2:42-47).

To love Christ means to love the Church which is his Body, mother of Christians and depository of the revealed truth. In the Church, “we have been made into Christ. If he is the Head, we are his members,” for “the whole Christ is the Head and the Body.” Let us be,therefore, witnesses of intimate union with God and a leaven of unity for the whole human race.

The Christian life will be renewed daily in us and will flourish in the Order if each of us will “assiduously read, devoutly listen to, and earnestly learn” the Sacred Scriptures, especially the New Testament, because “almost every page resounds of nothing but Christ and the Church.” Moreover, the friars should remember that prayer should accompany the reading of Scripture so that there may be a dialogue between God and man.

The Eucharist is the daily sacrifice of the Church, the Body of Christ, which offers itself to God in him. Therefore, all of us who have consecrated ourselves to Christ, who is loved above all things, should experience the same love for that great mystery that set the heart of Saint Augustine on fire. For the Eucharist is the sign and cause of the Church’s unity in the bond of love, and inspires apostolic activity and involvement in the world and in history.

We are all members of the Whole Christ together with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is the sign of the Church: “she gave corporal birth to the Head of this Body. The Church gave spiritual birth to the members of this Head.Because of her authentic faith, firm hope and sincere love Mary accompanies us while we journey in this life and sustains our apostolic activity.

The Search for God and Interiority

We tend towards God continually and insatiably, consciously and unconsciously, in order to enjoy the infinite good that fulfils our desire for happiness, because God has made us for himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in him.” For that reason, our common dedication is to seek without limits Him who should be loved without limits. But we cannot seek God together, except in Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh for us. He is for us the way, the truth and the life, such that starting from the visible flesh we arrive at the invisible God. For this reason, personal and community prayer, study and the cultivation of knowledge, reflection on the realities of our time and apostolic activity, are indispensable factors in our search, which lead us to the things which are the concerns of society. For nothing human is foreign to us, but rather involves us more in the world, the ambit of God's love (see Jn 3:16) and of encounter with him.

Communion of life

Love comes from God and unites us with God, and through this unifying process it transforms us, so that overcoming all divisions, we are made one, until finally God is all in all (see 1Cor 15,28). This communion of life which Augustine proposes to us in imitation of the primitive apostolic community (see Acts 2:42-47), is an anticipation of complete and definitive union in God and the way to achieve it. While it is true that this “holy sharing of life” among the brothers is a gift of God, still each one of us must make an intense effort at perfecting it until unity in love is achieved. This unity in love, composed of many souls, will continue to exist in the heavenly city, which "will be the perfection of our unity after life’s pilgrimage.” Our communities ought to strive on earth to be signs of this unity, keeping the example of the perfect community of the undivided Trinity before our eyes.

Service to the Church and Evangelization

Following the example of Saint Augustine, love for the Church brings us to a total availability for its needs, by accepting the tasks which the Church asks of us, according to the charism of the Order. Friars should remember that this availability for service to the Church constitutes one of the essential characteristics of Augustinian spirituality. In addition, when we are open to the world we feel ourselves in solidarity with the human family and involved in its concerns, especially through an openness to the needs of the poor and the suffering, in the knowledge that the more we are united to Christ the more fruitful will our apostolate be.

Finally, in order that our Order may always go forward in keeping with its true spirituality, the friars should strive to offer "free service to God," not forced by necessity, but moved by love. Without seeking their own righteousness (see Rom 3:10-20; Gal 2:16) let them do all things for the glory of God, who works all things in all (see 1 Cor 12,6). Let them live in the assurance that: "It is a grace of God that the brothers live in community; it is not the result of their own doing or their own merits; rather it is his gift." This is to fulfill the saying of the Rule that we should observe all our obligations in a spirit of charity "as lovers of spiritual beauty ... not as slaves living under the law but as men living in freedom under grace." We who have been freely created and redeemed, freely called and justified, should render thanks to God and carry out our mission in peace and humility, rejoicing in hope and in the expectation of the crown of life (Rev 2:10), by which God, in rewarding our good deeds, will in fact be doing nothing more than crowning his own gifts.