Saturday, September 8, 2007

Belated thoughts on the Solemnity of Augustine

It has taken me a week or so to reflect and comprehend all that happened on our Annual Chapter two weekends ago. Besides the wonderful celebration of new life: a new professed friar and three new novice friars, something more important happened.

One of our novices shared this thought with me that is so at the heart of the Augustinian gift to the Church:

"the retreat really made a huge difference in how I pray---changing it from duty to relationship. That isn't something I've experienced. So, thank you for that gift."

It causes me to pause and to be grateful for our AIHM Order and know that our form of common life and living of the Rule is making a difference, however small in the life of the Body of Christ.