IF it is born it grows in secrecy, by growing it will be perfected, once perfected it will abide. For when it is perfected it doth not decline into old age, and from old age will come to death; to this end will it be perfected, that it may abide for ever. For see what follows: we cry Abba Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness to our spirit that we are the children of God.
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From Thoughts of St Augustine for Every Day
by Kathleen Mary Balfe (© 1926)
Nihil Obstat: Georgius D. Smith, S.T.D
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont