I was asked to give a spiritual conference to nuns and lay people who work as treasurers for schools and other institutions run by out Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolacion. I haven’t really prepared anything yet, although I take it that materials on the Scriptures and St. Augustine will be well taken. I already announced that I would say something about the “Ten Augustinian Values” but I will need something more to prepare the lay people for the materials. My programme is going to be simple.
The first talk will be on the theme that has become a favorite of Opus Dei members: everyday holiness. The idea is very traditional although some people may think it is new. Christian discipleship (the call to sanctity) is realized in and through one’s profession. The idea is easy enough to understand since it is based on one’s status as “child of God.” Through baptism, we have received the seeds of sanctification. Through our daily life, we make the seeds of sanctification grow.
The second talk will be about the Ten Augustinian Values. Values are like milestones that give us direction throughout the days of our lives. Augustinian Values are values that are inspired by the teachings and inspiration of St. Augustine. These are values that are Christian but which have been deepened with a particular slant within the tradition left by St. Augustine of Hippo. These values are love, humility, interiority, search for wisdom and the pursuit of truth, freedom, community, the common good, generous service, friendship and prayer.
I still haven’t worked out the details, but having put it this way, I’ve already completed 65% of the task.
Originally posted 2005-04-06 20:34:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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