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Augustine and the Augustinians

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  • Reading I:  Sirach 44:1-5.10-15 or
                      Ephesians 1:3-12
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
  • Gospel Reading: John 14:1-4

Today is birthday of St. Augustine and the All Saints’ Day of the Order of St. Augustine.

Augustine’s Biography

Someone has called him “The First Modern Man.” Both Catholics and Non-Catholic Mainline Churches claim him as their own. Eastern Catholics number him among their “fathers” prompting a scholar to suggest that he be named “Common Father of the East and West.” Descartes was flattered when he was told that his “Cogito ergo sum” echoes this man’s “Dubito ergo sum.”

I am referring to Augustine of Hippo (354-430). And this is a short retelling of his life:

More at "The First Modern Man"

The Order of St. Augustine

Unlike the Dominicans and the Franciscans, the Augustinians were not directly founded by Augustine of Hippo. While this latter founded monasteries in North African, all following a Rule he authored, the origins of the Order of St. Augustine can be traced to the flowering of eremitic spirituality in Italy in the Middle Ages. In 1244, Pope Alexander IV united the hermit communities following the Rule of St. Augustine into one congregation. Later on, in 1256, this union of hermits was united to other more established congregations to form the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine.

More from WikiPedia. There is an article about the Order and its role in the Reformation at "An Augustinian Platform in the Middle Ages?"

The Saints of the Order of St. Augustine

Go to this webpage for the Saints with the Augustinian habit.

Sirach 44:1-5
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1Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation.
2The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning.
3Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets,
4And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words.
5Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
Ephesians 1:3-12
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3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:
4As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.
5Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:
6Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son.
7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace,
8Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence,
9That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,
10In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.
11In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.
12That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ:
John 14:1-4
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1Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.
4And whither I go you know, and the way you know.

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