Did you know that the SOLI Community follows the Rule of the Great St Augustine? This powerful Bishop, Doctor and Saint of the Church has had a profound effect on the history of consecrated life in the Western Church. Although most people know him by these three esteemed titles and from his writings, particularly his Confessions and writings defending the Faith, many do not realize that St. Augustine was a man who only wanted to live and die as a simple monk. His conversion was closely tied to a deep desire to live a life consecrated to God as a religious. The intensity of his love can be read in his writings and when he is depicted in art you will notice that he is often seen holding a burning heart…his own, aflame with love for the Lord who had sought him and transformed him from being a lover of the world to a lover of Love Himself.
“At first, I was nothing, and He made me; I had been lost, and He sought me out; seeking me, He found me; when I was captive, He redeemed me; having purchased me, He freed me; from being a slave, He made me His brother”. ~ St. Augustine