For the Feast Days of Sts. Monica and Augustine: Augustinian Life Lived

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

There is a Christian hymn that goes, “There is a balm in Gilead, a balm that sets me free..." This popular song reflects the desire of many people’s hearts to be healed by Jesus Christ. As St. Augustine of Hippo reminds us in his Confessions, our hearts are restless until they rest in God.

St. Augustine of Hippo, a fourth century bishop, monk, and theologian, left the Western world his writings on God and on the moral life, as well as a guideline or Rule for women and men religious on how to live together in Christ. We Sisters of Rita, an Augustinian community remember him best for his Rule and his example of a good and virtuous life. His holy life, however, came after a long search and struggle. And much of the success in finding the God of his fathers and mothers was through the effort and prayers of his mother, St. Monica.

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