Christ loved the church and handed himself over
for her (the Church) to sanctify her,
the bath of water with the word, that he might present
to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or
or any such thing, that she might be holy and
We are deprived of the vision of God because of our sinfulness.
But there is a divine purging fire which can heal us.
For our God is a
For whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
every son he acknowledges. ... but he does so for
our benefit, in order that we may share his holiness.