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Augustine's Restless Heart

St. Augustine contemplating scripture.

It may be surprising to hear that Augustinians are called to Restlessness.

The majority of the faithful have probably come to associate religious brotherhood with a calm and tranquil way of life. After all, isn't the secular world of consumerism already a restless world?

Indeed it is, but the Augustinians see this Restlessness as a Divine Gift.

Saint Augustine writes in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”  Perhaps Augustine’s most often quoted phrase, it captures something that resonates deep within the human person.

Restlessness is that desire to be filled and fulfilled. We all have it. We try to ignore at times, but still it remains.  We Augustinians believe that it can direct us to God.


Are you restless? Are you searching? Do you have the desire to live in a community of friends that is Christ-centered?  Do you have the desire to bring that very same desire to others?


Restlessness is a key aspect to our life together, igniting our common search for God through our prayer, community life, and ministry.

To learn more about the Augustinian charism of Restlessness and Augustinian Life please look at these entries from our blog:
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