Augustinian Spirituality Series Introduction
Over the next few weeks, I will cover a series on Augustinian Spirituality. Each of these posts will be very brief and clear. I will include images of significant Augustinian symbols, or discuss particular facets of Augustinian Spirituality. I will introduce you to famous Augustinians
I have always found that Augustine is already quite popular on tumblr here, so be sure to follow Augustinisms, who has daily quotes from Augustine. I would also recommend reading his Sermons. Our Augustinian Heritage Institute has worked to translate and publish new English editions of many of his major works, and they are available on New City Press. Also be sure to check out this list I put together a list of Augustine’s important works that are available on Kindle (because you could get a cheaper kindle book, with a much more awful english translation.
The foundational document of Augustinian Spirituality, is of course, the Rule of Augustine. Many religious communities share this rule, but do not explicitly share our spirituality. Our understanding of Augustine’s Rule is additionally illumined by all of Augustine’s Spiritual writings, especially his confessions. Finally, the current Constitutions of our Order, draws upon all of this heritage to definitively define Augustinian Spirituality today.
Drawing upon these, and my personal experiences over the years, I will cover the three major areas: Community, Interiority, and Service to the Church. In addition, I will cover many of the images, symbols, statues, and icons that are relevant. I also intend to compare and contrast definitions of Augustinian Spirituality as understood by non-Augustinians. And if you have not seen it already, I did a piece on Augustine in Pop Music.