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Order of Malta Australia


The Beauty of Jesus Christ: Filling out a Scheme of St Augustine


Yesterday, the chaplain to the Order’s Subpriory of the Immaculate Conception, Gerald O’Collins SJ AC, launched his 75th published title.

The online event was hosted by another chaplain of the Order, Very Rev Dr Kevin Lenehan, and was attended by members and friends of the Order.

His latest book, The Beauty of Jesus Christ: Filling out a Scheme of St Augustine, anchors its account of the beauty of Jesus Christ to a scheme found in St Augustine of Hippo’s Expositions of the Psalms. There Augustine recognized the beauty of Christ at every stage-from his pre-existence (‘beautiful in heaven’), through his incarnation, the public ministry (‘beautiful in his miracles, beautiful in calling to life’), passion, crucifixion, burial, resurrection (‘beautiful in taking up his life again’), and glorious life ‘in heaven’. Augustine never filled out this laconic summary by writing a work on Christ and his beauty.

The Beauty of Jesus Christ seems to be the first attempt in Christian history to write a comprehensive account of the beauty of Christ in the light of Augustine’s list and is available for purchase online at Amazon.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.