The Nature of Union
St. Paul chooses the analogy of marriage to explain the union of the Christian soul with Christ. This comparison was frequently employed in the Old Testament and many times in the New (parable of the Ten Virgins waiting for the Bridegroom). It has been frequently developed by later mystical writers. With St. Paul it is rather indicated than developed. St. Paul explains to the Romans that we have been freed from the law; that we are bound to Christ as a woman whose first husband is dead is married to another.
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