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  • Series: Traditions of Christian Spirituality
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570754748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570754746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Our Restless Heart: The Augustinian Tradition by Thomas F. Martin (Associate Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University) is a informative presentation introducing the reader to Augustine of Hippo, the theologian, convert, bishop, and polemicist whose spiritual vision holds abiding insights for the faithful across the span of centuries. A thoughtful and philosophical treatise covering the legacy of a great Christian historical figure, Our Restless Heart is a welcome and valued contribution to Roman Catholic Theology in general, and Augustinian Studies in particular.
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"Our Restless Heart" by Thomas Martin, is part of the Traditions of Christian Spirituality series which covers the Augustinian Tradition. Augustine of Hippo towered over Western Christianity as no other, and one could argue his only intellectual rival was St. Thomas Aquinas. Augustine is a fascinating figure who was a gifted theologian, writer, poet, bishop, and monk whose legacy is claimed by Catholic and Protestant alike. Who was Augustine and why is the Augustinian legacy important today? These very questions "Our Restless Heart" try to answer.

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.
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I heard Tom Martin deliver part of this book. I had a hard time finding it. Now I have the whole set of talks.
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