POPE FRANCIS: AUDIENCE, "THE CHURCH IS OUR MOTHER", "NO ONE IS AN ISLAND"” “

"The Church is our mother in faith", the Pope said during today’s audience, speaking mostly off-the-cuff. The Pontiff resumed his series of catechesis on the Year of Faith and quoted "Lumen Gentium" referring to "one of the images that was often used by the Church Fathers in the early centuries and which also speaks to us today". "For me, it is the most beautiful image", the Pope told the faithful: "What is said of the Church can also be said of Mary, and what can be said of Mary can also be said of the Church". "A Christian is not an island", the Pope warned. "We do not become Christians alone, by our own strength; rather, faith is a gift from God which is given to us in the Church and through the Church". To answer the question "how is the Church our mother and what does it mean?", the Pontiff reflected on the "human experience of maternity". "What does a mother do?", the Pope asked. "First of all – he replied – a mother gives life, she carries her child in her womb for nine months and then brings him into existence, giving him birth. So does the Church: she gives us life in faith, through the power of the Holy Spirit which makes her fruitful, like the Virgin Mary". (continued) ” “” “

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