The Soul Grows in the Womb of the Church and Is given Life by Christ

In these times of salvation, Christ received body and soul from Mary. He came to save this soul, not to leave it in hell. He united it with his spirit and made it his own. And this is the marriage of the Lord, the union of two in one flesh, so that according to that great mystery, two become one flesh, Christ and his Church. From this marriage the Christian people are born, by the descent of the spirit of the Lord. The essential nature of the soul, engendered by heavenly seed, grows in the womb of our mother, the Church, and at birth is given life by Christ. 

-Saint Pacian, Bishop and Father of the Church

From the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, Second Reading, Fri Week 19 OT

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