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Sunday, June 28, 2015

How the Church finds her accomplishment as the Bride - A Moment with Mary



* June 28 - Saint Irenaeus of Lyons * How the Church finds her accomplishment as the Bride ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
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June 28 - Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

How the Church finds her accomplishment as the Bride

English: Church of the Assumption of the Bless...
English: Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vilnius. Mother of God with St. Francis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Mary is for us the form, model, or type of the Church. Saint Peter asked the elders who were governing the Church to be models or examples for the flock entrusted to them (cf. 1 Peter 5: 3). In an incomparably higher way, Mary is the model and example of the Church.

She is, within the Church, the form in which the Church finds her accomplishment as the Bride, to give herself to the Bridegroom.

The more the Church resembles the Virgin Mary, the more she becomes the Bride; the more she becomes the Bride, the more she resembles the Bridegroom; and the more she resembles the Bridegroom, the more she resembles God. This is because these overlapping examples of the Church and God are only transparencies in which the unique splendor of God is reflected.

Charles Cardinal Journet, The Theology of the Church

The figured windows of the Cathedral Santa Ana...
The figured windows of the Cathedral Santa Ana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. From left to right: Saint Martial of Limoges; Saint Peter of Verona, also known as Saint Peter Martyr; Mary with Jesus; Saint Anna and Mary; Saint Bonaventure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s pray

Let’s pray together 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
Amen.

 
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