To love the Church

The Church is the mother of our faith because she generates us, she nourishes us, she strengthens us in the faith (Lumen Gentium, n. 6-7). Saint Cyprian affirms: “One can not have God as Father who does not first have the Church as mother.”{{1}} And he adds: “we are born from her womb, we are nourished by her milk, we are animated by her spirit.”{{2}} Even Saint Augustine exhorts us to love the Church, our mother.{{3}} Mother Church is the authorised and authoritative teacher of our faith. It is to the apostles and their successors that Jesus entrusted the...

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