What are religious Brothers?

Okay so this is a really random question! If nuns are the Brides of Christ, then what exactly are religious brothers?
Thanx in advance for any replies!

Nuns, are "brides of Christ"... in the sense that they mirror to a certain extent the love of the Church for Christ Her Spouse. Why? Because they vow a life of loving and serving Christ by vowing to follow the evangelical counsels within a certain framework (rule), communally, and to maintain a certain separation from the world. In other words, they live lives totally focused on Christ, and the Church focuses on Christ her Spouse. Thus, they mirror the Church as Bride to a large extent. Because nuns/sisters are female, they reflect or mirror the Church as Bride a bit better than males.

Monks, are "brides of Christ"... in the sense that they mirror to a large certain extent the love of the Church for Christ Her Spouse. Why? Because they vow a life of loving and serving Christ by vowing to follow the evangelical counsels within a certain framework (rule), communally, and to maintain a certain separation from the world. In other words, they live lives totally focused on Christ, and the Church focuses on Christ her Spouse. Thus, they mirror the Church as Bride to a large extent. Because monks/friars/brothers are male, they reflect or mirror the Church as Bride a little bit less than females.

Note that I said that nuns mirror the brideship of the Church "to a certain extent". This is because only female virgins (whether religious nuns/sisters or virgins living in the world) who have received the consecration of virgins through the bishop is most properly called a "bride of Christ" and an "imago ecclesiae" strictly speaking. The consecrated virgin - whether a religious who has received this special consecration or a virgin in the world - is a bride of Christ. Others (monks, nuns-without-the-consecration-of-virgins, lay people, priests, bishops, etc.) mirror the brideship of the Church to Christ in varying degrees but not to the same full and complete extent as the consecrated virgin.

To summarize then, monks and nuns make the same vows and live more or less the same kind of lives. Their vocation is not specifically and essentially "spousal" but of "discipleship" to Christ which has spousality as an element. Consecrated virgins (only a very small percentage of nuns receive this consecration over and above their religious profession of vows) do not make vows but are direct image of the Church aspeaking share the title of "bride" of Christ with the Church. You can compare this to the priesthood. All of the faithful are priests in the common sense. Only ordained men are priests in the fullest sense. A percentage of religious brothers are priests who have received the Sacrament of Orders over and above their religious profession of vows).

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