About a thousand years ago, in the little village of Dieppe in France some women found their vocation in caring for the poor and sick of their town. What drew them to do this was their love and faith in Jesus. So they began to live together in a community, to pray together, and to work together. These women were the Founders of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus.
In 1891 these sisters answered a call to come to Kwa-Zulu Natal and continue their care for the poor and sick. Today the sisters are still called by their love for Jesus. We hear this call in times of prayer and times of quiet contemplation alone.
We serve by caring for the sick, bringing comfort and happiness to children, offering welcome and spiritual support and by sharing in community tasks.
(Above) The Augustinian Sisters arrive in KwaZulu-Natal.
THE AUGUSTINIAN FAMILY
SING ON YOUR WAY TO GOD
– by St Augustine
Alleluia means “Praise the Lord”
Let us praise the Lord, Sisters, with our life and our lips, our hearts and our mouth, our voice and our demeanour: God wills us to sing “Alleluia” with no false note in the one who sings…
With what rejoicing shall we sing “Alleluia” in heaven! There will be no more anguish, no more war, no more enemies, no more loss of friends! Praise be to God on high and praise be to him here below! Here we praise him in anxiety, there without any cares. Here the one who sings must one day die, there she will live for ever. Here she sings with hope, there in full possession. Here we sing the “Alleluia” of the journey and in heaven of the homeland.
Let us sing today, sisters, not as yet for our repose, but to make our burden lighter. As a traveller sings.
Sing, but march.
Do not be lazy, sing to sustain your efforts.
Sing, and march…
You go forward if you march, but make progress in doing good, advance with upright faith, advance in purity of life.
Do not turn aside, do not go back, do not mark time.
Sing and march!