A Precious Little Gem

Today I was at a supply store in Keokuk, IA getting some paper and while I was waiting I happened upon a little book that I could not refuse to buy. It is called Augustine Day by Day and it is published by Catholic Book Publishing Company, compiled and edited by John E. Rotelle, O.S.A. It basically consists of daily excerpts (small ones) from the writings of St. Augustine, along with a little prayer from his writings or based on them. This little gem fits nicely into my back pocket and is not too thick. What I find utterly ironic is that this little book, published by a Catholic Publishing Company, has this excerpt from Augustine:

March 1: The Promised Gift

Christ grants justification to those who believe in Him, simply because they have faith and not because they observe the law. The blessing granted to Abraham for his exemplary faith is extended to the Gentiles, so that we may receive the promised Spirit through faith. In other words, the promised gift to believers is not a spirit of outward observance but one of inward devotion inspired by love.

— Commentary on Galatians


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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