DAY 3: CONTEMPLATION AND ACTION
In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A particular state in life is a reflection of Martha and Mary in the Gospel. Jesus called the attention of Martha who grumbled at Mary taking with Jesus. This image of Martha and Mary had been upheld by St Augustine both as a monk and as someone actively involved in giving life to the Church through his writings and good works.
How do I strive a healthy balance between my contemplation and action approach to life? (Pause for a while)
Reading: From the Book IF AUGUSTINE WERE ALIVE
Augustinian-oriented contemplation also demands that we put ourselves at the service of others through apostolate. No one should be given to contemplation. Augustine remarks, that they give no thought to their neighbor needs. The search for truth in himself requires intense activity, but the truth, which may be discerned, is not to be considered a private possession. It is to be shared with others. This responsibility may weigh especially on those who have real talents for teaching or writing or counseling, even among those who live strictly contemplative life. As Jesus, points out, no great fears are demand of anyone. But all without exception will be judge by their concern or lack of it for God’s little one. Therefore, Augustine tell us, “When you have found your way back to yourself, don’t stay locked within yourself…Turn to the one who made you. (Moments of Silence)
LITANY IN HONOR OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Lord, have mercy on us…
God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God Have mercy on us
Mary, Mother of Jesus Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Consolation Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Pray for us
St. Augustine, bright star of the Church Pray for us
St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory Pray for us
St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the truth Pray for us
St. Augustine, the triumph of divine grace Pray for us
St. Augustine, on fire with the love of God Pray for us
St. Augustine, so great and so humble Pray for us
St. Augustine, prince of bishops and doctors Pray for us
St. Augustine, father of monastic life Pray for us
St. Augustine, holiest of the wise and wisest of the holy Pray for us
Pray for us St. Augustine That may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
ALL: God our Father, we praise and thank you for giving the church a great Saint. AS we strive to live his spirit and charism, grant us the grace to grow in our integration of prayer of prayer and action according to the example of Saint Augustine. We ask this in the name of Jesus your Son, our Lord and Savior. Amen.