Who Could Believe That the Ark of Holiness Could Be Reduced to Ruin?

And who, I ask, could believe that the ark of holiness, the dwelling place of the Word of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit, could be reduced to ruin? My soul is filled with horror at the thought that this virginal flesh which had begotten God, had brought him into the world, had nourished and carried him, could have been turned into ashes or given over to be food for worms.

-Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J., Doctor of the Church, 16th Century 
Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus #32, 1950

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