The strength of soul in St Augustine contributed greatly to his enthusiasm, his continual search for truth, his affection and his devotion to duty. For him, intellect and heart always went together.; consequently love and friendship lay at thje core of his life and thought.
The spirituality that is richly expressed in St. Augustine's writings is one of warmth and of love. The heart, which artists have often portrayed Augustine holding, is a key to this spirituality. For Augustine the heart is a metaphor for all that is deepest, truest and personal in one's self. He makes frequent use of the heart to signify the affective aspect of faith in God
According to present evidence, the Rule of Augustine is the oldest monastic rule in the Western Church. It was originally written for the community which he established in the grounds of the bishop's house at Hippo before becoming bishop there. Compared with other monastic rules, it is brief. But its precepts get to the very basis of community life.
In this engaging lecture, Rev. Theodore Tack, OSA, will present a cogent argument for why the life of Augustine is relevant today, including to young adults.