On Monday 17th July 2023, the brothers and sisters of the Secular Augustinian Fraternity Saint Augustine and Saint Monica met at Dar Santa Monica, in St. Paul’s Bay. They had a moment of prayer, where they shared some reflections on spiritual experiences about the centrality of Christ in Augustinian Spirituality and in their personal lives. Afterwards they had a social moment which consisted of a BBQ which they made in the courtyard of the house.

The Secular Augustinian Fraternity of Saint Augustine and Saint Monica (F.A.S.) is made up of lay Christians. They are called to live the sacrament of baptism in the world from the Augustinian perspective, and how to share their faith and friendship with each other and with others

The Love Kitchen was inaugurated on Thursday 20th July with a sumptuous dinner generously provided by The Avenue Restaurant and organised by Tony Mejlaq and Prof Victor Grech. The event was attended by 40 special benefactors of the Millennium Chapel who contributed generously for the financing of the Love Kitchen. Special guest of the evening was Prof Richard England who had designed the Millennium Chapel. Prof England donated one of his special Manikata church paintings and book for auctioning during the evening.

An appreciable amount of money was raised for the running costs and expenses of the Love Kitchen that will soon start providing food to homeless and poor people. You can also be part of the Love Kitchen by donating to APS Bank Account no 36932120016 or by Revolut 99829429. Thank you

On Wednesday 5 July at around 7pm the Augustinian friars gathered for a moment of prayer in the Bellesini chapel in Saint Augustine College, Pietà and afterwards they continued to enjoy each other's presence by eating together in the convent of San Thomas from Villanova in Tal-Pietà. It was a beautiful fraternal moment for all who were present.

The Maltese Augustinian Province has just published 'Ir-Ritrattazzjonijiet’, which is a work of Saint Augustine about his writings, translated into Maltese and presented to us by Professor Fr. Salvino Caruana OSA. The book continues with the series of works of Saint Augustine that Fr. Salvino gave us over the years, and it is of great value for the study of the life, the writings, and the legacy left by the great bishop and doctor of the Church. This is actually a piece of literary work of a certain weight which took about two years of hard work.

In the two books of The Retractationes, Saint Augustine gave us a form of another confession, this time not the one about the journey of his life, as with great moral humility he gave us in The Confessions, but the one about his writings. In them, he stated where he could have expressed himself better, where some theological and other thoughts could have been pesented better, or even corrected aspects in his 40 years of writings. So Augustine, with a great sense of humility and with a unique approach in its nature, aged 72, looked back at all the books he had written since the year 383 AD. He had in mind to do the same thing for all his sermons, as well as for all the letters he had written, but eventually he died.

The great value of these two books is known and praised by a number of Christian writers of the first centuries. The books of The Retractationes can be considered as an introduction to all the writings of the same Augustine of Hippo, during the forty years of literary work with which he served the Church and mankind. They are a work that deserves to be put in the first place in the list of the writings of the African Doctor of the Catholic Church.

The Book can be obtained for the price of €18 from Fr. Salvinu, Saint Augustine Priory, Old Bakery street, Valletta (m. 7929 4177); from the Saint Augustine Priory in Gozo; as well as from The Santa Rita Priory, San Ġiljan (m. 79515371 e-mail. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

During the summer various activities are held with the young people such as live-ins, BBQs, moments of prayer and other experiences that continue to help the young people in their journey of life. Daniel Bajada one of the youths would like to share his experience of the live-in that was organized at the beginning of July:

On Sunday 2 July, together with my friends, Fr Terence, Fr Leslie and Fr Mario, we went to Gozo. There we spent 3 days together in the Augustinian convent in Victoria. Every day was full of various activities which helped us get to know each other better, such as going out to the Cittadella, Ta' Pinu,  as well as the sea where we played and continued to have fun together.

Apart from these leisure activities, something that I really appreciated and that left an impact on me were the times of reflection and prayer that we spent together. We also laughed during some teamwork activities. These continued to bring us together, especially in the activity where we had to build a paper tower without being able to communicate verbally.

As we were together we also celebrated the ten years of Fr. Terence from his priestly ordination. We were lucky that as we were in the convent we went on a tour of the whole convent, where they showed us various historical objects and also took us in the shelters that are under the convent. Although it was not the first time that I went down to a shelter, I felt excited because I remembered some memories of the stories that my great-grandmother used to tell me when she lived these experiences in her childhood.

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