In another thread it was seemingly unknown that the Church is the Bride of Christ, and thought that only charismatics believed this. Are others unaware of this teaching? It is a document proclaimed officially by Holy Mother Church.
- And first of all let us imitate the breath of His love. For the Church, the Bride of Christ, is one; and yet so vast is the love of the divine Spouse that it embraces in His Bride the whole human race without exception.
True love of the Church, therefore, requires not only that we should be mutually solicitous one for another as members of the same Body, rejoicing in the glory of the other members and sharing in their suffering, but likewise that we should recognize in other men, although they are not yet joined to us in the Body of the Church, our brothers in Christ according to the flesh, called, together with us, to the same eternal salvation. It is true, unfortunately, especially today, that there are some who extol enmity, hatred, and spite as if they enhanced the dignity and the worth of man.
The latter paragraph is a beautiful reminder as we begin our new year that all men are worthy of dignity and respect, even those who are not yet joined to us.