Friday, September 18, 2009

Principles and Practices - September 19

The Bride of Christ

Where the Church is, there Christ is, and in the nuptial chamber of the Church souls pass into divine union and receive a new name. All the doctrine of the Church declares this, her dis­cipline promotes it, and the Sacraments produce it. And the Saints of God know the truth by experience. They are caught up into a higher love; they are slain mystically on Calvary, they wrestle with all that is natural that they may free themselves of it, and after the dark night of pure faith, when they have lost themselves and have not yet found the Lover in their inmost heart, they enjoy what the mystics call divine espousals.

-M.C.D'Arcy, S.J.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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