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Our Restless Heart: The Augustinian Tradition (Traditions of Christian Spirituality) Paperback – May 1, 2003
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The opening chapter-and perhaps the most important-provides an introduction and overview of Augustine's spiritual vision. Here we learn about Augustine's early life, his son, and finally his famous conversion. Most people are familiar with Augustine's quote that his heart was restless until he found his rest in God. For Martin, this metaphor, of "the journey" (peregrinato) is the key to understanding Augustinian spirituality (pg. 25). This is a journey we call all relate to, in the same sense of Abram's call and similar to Homer's Odyssey, a call to grow and leave the familiar.
Chapter two examines the Rule of St. Augustine, The Praeceptum covers the key aspects of monastic life; the basis cf common life; prayer; moderation and self denial; safeguarding chastity and fraternal correction; the care of the community; asking pardon and forgiving offenses; governance and obedience; and observance of the rule. The key charism of the Augustinian Tradition is love where love of neighbor and unity reflect God's love for us. This is a great chapter as it shows the uniqueness of the Augustinian Rule.
The third and fourth chapter examine how the Augustinian order reinvented itself and became part of the Mendicant reforms.Read more ›