Recollection Materials

September 2020 Recollection: The Harvest and the Rich Fool

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / August 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR THE RICH ALSO CRY. THE EMPTINESS OF THE EGOIST RICH. Lk. 12:16-21 St. Posidius, in his Vita Augustini, the first biography of St. Augustine, narrates about a man who had donated to St. Augustine a land for the maintenance of the Church in Hippo, maintaining for himself while … Read more

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AUGUST 2020 RECOLLECTION: Jesus and the Publican

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / July 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Mt. 9:9-13. Possibly one of the most beautiful paintings of Caravaggio is the Call of Matthew. It is conserved in the Roman Church of San Luigi dei Francesi. In this painting we can see how a beam of light enters through an open window, and this light –which … Read more

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JULY 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda, The Abandoned Sick People

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / July 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Jn. 5:1-9. The crisis of COVID 19 has manifested, among other things, the fragility of the human being, his transitory nature and the boundaries of his existence. In a Promethean era like ours, an insignificant virus has brought to its knees the wisdom of a science that considers … Read more

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JUNE 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Beauty of Creation

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / May 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Psalm 104:1-2; 5-6; 10. 12-14; 24.31.35c. The beauty and the grandeur of God is imprinted in creation. All of it sings and acclaims the power and majesty of God. The Sacred Scriptures reminds us of it in many passages in which they attribute human characteristics to the elements … Read more

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MAY 2020 Recollection: Beheading of John the Baptist

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / April 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Mark 6:17-29. John the Baptist is not only the Precursor of the Lord, he is also the last prophet of the Old Testament or the first of the New Testament (cf. s. 293,2). His fiery words were announcing and denouncing. His diatribes against Herod brought him to prison, … Read more

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MARCH 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Poor Lazarus and the Foolish Rich

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / February 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Luke 16:19-31 One of the very impressive parables in the Gospel of St. Luke in that of the poor Lazarus and the “cruel” rich, as St. Augustine calls him (s. 299E,5 =s. Guelf, 30,5)). While this latter held a splendid banquet every day, the poor Lazarus, filled with … Read more

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RECOLLECTION for February 2020: JESUS AND THE LEPERS

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / January 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR St. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles made a summary of the life of Christ saying that “he went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). And that is true. There are many sick persons that we know in the Gospels … Read more

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RECOLLECTION FOR JANUARY: Jesus and the Sinful Woman

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / December 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Lk. 7:36-50. Our recollections for the year 2020 will move around the theme proposed by our Prior General and his Council for this year: “We are prophets of the Kingdom. Poor, social projects, periphery.” In each one of the recollections, in addition to the usual biblical and Augustinian … Read more

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Recollection for December: COMMUNION OF SAINTS

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / November 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Hebr. 12:12-15, 18-19, 22-23. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Communion of Saints refers to the communion of the goods of the Church, because if we form only one body, the consequence is that the possession of one is shared with the others. It … Read more

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Recollection for November: COMMUNION WITH THE CHURCH

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / October 21, 2019 / 1 Comment

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR 2 Cor. 9:6-15 Communion is not a mere theory. It must be manifested through gestures and concrete actions every day. St. Paul, conscious of being a member of the Body of Christ and living in communion with him, made a gesture of communion with the Church of Jerusalem. … Read more

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