Recollection Materials

DECEMBER 2020 RECOLLECTION: We Choose to Follow the Poor Christ

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / November 23, 2020 /

Translated by Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena, OAR For a second consecutive month, our recollection drinks from the document “To live Poverty: A Grace and a Challenge” that Fray Miguel Miro Miro, our Prior General, has directed to the religious of the Augustinian Recollect family. Let us remember that this was a decision of the General…

Read More

OCTOBER 2020 RECOLLECTION: To be an Alien. The Migrants

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / September 24, 2020 /

Translated by Fray Dunstan Hubert Decena, OAR Ex. 23:6-9. No other epoch of history has been a witness to the migratory movements than the present. Every day there are thousands of humans on the go taking diverse roads, generally dangerous and uncertain, in search for a better future, for a new life. It is a…

Read More

September 2020 Recollection: The Harvest and the Rich Fool

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

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

AUGUST 2020 RECOLLECTION: Jesus and the Publican

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

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

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

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

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

JUNE 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Beauty of Creation

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

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

MAY 2020 Recollection: Beheading of John the Baptist

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

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

MARCH 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Poor Lazarus and the Foolish Rich

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

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

RECOLLECTION for February 2020: JESUS AND THE LEPERS

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

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

RECOLLECTION FOR JANUARY: Jesus and the Sinful Woman

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

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