Merciful Lord, the comforter and teacher of your faithful people,
increase in your church the desires which you have given,
and confirm the hearts of those who hope in you
by enabling them to understand the depth of your promises,
that all your adopted children
may even now behold, with eyes of faith,
and patiently wait for the light,
which as yet you do not openly manifest;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Ambrose, c.339-397 Bishop of Milan
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.
Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.