“LOVE FOR THE CHURCH IS INSEPARABLE FOR LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST”
“Thus has God put all things under the feet of Christ and set him above all things, as head of the Church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23).
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“Together with Jesus Christ, may you have a living zeal for the Church. She is the beloved bride, sprung from His rib, as Eve did from Adam’s. The Church is the tenderest object of His care, His solicitude and His love. She is the real depository of His eternal truth, the noble distributor of His infinite gifts, the faithful minister of His will and the beautiful image of the heavenly Jerusalem.
HIS MYSTICAL BODY
Love for the Church is inseparable from love for Jesus Christ because it is His mystical body and lives in Him, just as He truly lives in her. How can you think therefore of loving Jesus without seeing that you must love His Church?
LOVING JESUS UNCONDITIONALLY WITHOUT STRINGS ATTACHED
How can you think therefore of loving Jesus, without seeing that you must love His Church? Furthermore, the Church is your mother, she opened her arms to you when you were born and took you into her womb via your Baptism, as a mother she watches over you, guides you and helps you through the Sacraments and other spiritual gifts. As a mother she will assist you in the hour of your death with her heavenly comforts and blessings. How long will you be indifferent to such a tender mother?
HOW LONG WILL SHE BE PERSECUTED BEFORE YOU DEFEND HER?
How long will she be persecuted and afflicted before you rise up to defend her? Up now, unite yourself to the divine Heart of Jesus, and put all pious efforts, suggested to you by an industrious and prudent zeal, toward the good of the Church. Generously forgo any human importance or regard in order to defend her cause, even before fierce enemies. Love the Church with the same love the Heart of Jesus has, and O, how you will help her to triumph!
PRAYER: O loving Heart of Jesus, I am worth nothing, unless I give you glory, both in heaven and on earth.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri (capital headings added)