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I. The Joint Mission Of The Son And The Holy Spirit


689 The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God. (cf. Galatians 4:6) Consubstantial with the Father and the Son, the Spirit is inseparable from them, in both the inner life of the Trinity and his gift of love for the world. In adoring the Holy Trinity, life-giving, consubstantial, and indivisible, the Church's faith also professes the distinction of persons. When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct but inseparable. To be sure, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals him.


690 Jesus is Christ, "anointed," because the Spirit is his anointing, and everything that occurs from the Incarnation on derives from this fullness. (cf. John 3:34) When Christ is finally glorified, (John 7:39) he can in turn send the Spirit from his place with the Father to those who believe in him: he communicates to them his glory, (cf. John 17:22) that is, the Holy Spirit who glorifies him. (cf. John 16:14) From that time on, this joint mission will be manifested in the children adopted by the Father in the Body of his Son: the mission of the Spirit of adoption is to unite them to Christ and make them live in him:

The notion of anointing suggests . . . that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son's Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.


St. Gregory of Nyssa, De Spiritu Sancto, 16:PG 45,1321A-B

III. The Mystery Of The Church


770 The Church is in history, but at the same time she transcends it. It is only "with the eyes of faith" (Roman Catechism I,10,20) that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life.


The Church - both visible and spiritual


771 "The one mediator, Christ, established and ever sustains here on earth his holy Church, the community of faith, hope, and charity, as a visible organization through which he communicates truth and grace to all men." (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium 8 § 1) The Church is at the same time:

  1. a "society structured with hierarchical organs and the mystical body of Christ;
  2. the visible society and the spiritual community;
  3. the earthly Church and the Church endowed with heavenly riches." (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium 8)

These dimensions together constitute "one complex reality which comes together from a human and a divine element": (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium 8)


The Church is essentially both human and divine, visible but endowed with invisible realities, zealous in action and dedicated to contemplation, present in the world, but as a pilgrim, so constituted that in her the human is directed toward and subordinated to the divine, the visible to the invisible, action to contemplation, and this present world to that city yet to come, the object of our quest.


Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium 2; cf. Hebrews 13:14

O humility! O sublimity! Both tabernacle of cedar and sanctuary of God; earthly dwelling and celestial palace; house of clay and royal hall; body of death and temple of light; and at last both object of scorn to the proud and bride of Christ! She is black but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, for even if the labor and pain of her long exile may have discolored her, yet Heaven's beauty has adorned her.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux, In Cant. Sermo 27:14:PL 183:920D

In Brief


743 From the beginning to the end of time, whenever God sends his Son, he always sends his Spirit: their mission is conjoined and inseparable.


779 The Church is both visible and spiritual, a hierarchical society and the Mystical Body of Christ. She is one, yet formed of two components, human and divine. That is her mystery, which only faith can accept.


780 The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men.




St. Irenæus of Lyons, (A.D. 125-202)
St. Clement of Alexandria, (A.D. 150-220)
Origen of Alexandria, (A.D. 184-253)
St. Hippolytus of Rome, (A.D. 170-236)
— St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258)
Eusebius of Cæsarea, (A.D. c.263-338)
St. Hilary of Poitiers, (A.D. 315-367)
St. Athanasius of Alexandria, (A.D. 296-372)
St. Optatus of Milevis, (unknown - A.D. 384)
St. Basil the Great, (A.D. 328-379)
— St. John Chrysostom, (A.D. 344 - 407)
St. Chromatius of Aquileia, (unknown- A.D. c.407)
St. Augustine of Hippo, (A.D. 354-428)
St. Cyril of Alexandria, (A.D. 376-444)

St. Irenæus of Lyons, (A.D. 125-202), Asia Minor; bishop, missionary, theologian, defender of orthodoxy. Though by birth a Greek, he was Bishop of Lyons in the second century. He tells us that, in his early youth, he learned the rudiments of religion from St. Polycarp, the disciple of St. John the Apostle. He wrote several works, of which only a few fragments are now known, with the exception of his Treatise against Heretics which we have in five books.

"When they believed not, last of all He sent His Son, He sent our Lord Jesus Christ, whom when the wicked husbandmen had slain, they cast Him out of the vineyard. Wherefore did the Lord deliver it, now no longer fenced round, but opened to the whole world, to other husbandmen, who give in the fruits in their seasons; the tower of election being exalted everywhere, and beautiful to look on. For everywhere is the Church distinctly visible, and everywhere is the winepress dug; for everywhere are those who receive the spirit."

Adv. Hæres. 1. iv. c. 36, n. 2, p. 278.
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"All these (heretics) are very much later than the bishops, to whom the Apostles delivered the churches, and this we have proved, with the greatest care, in the third book. Wherefore, the aforesaid heretics, because they are blind to the truth, are under the necessity of wandering irregularly, first in one, and then in another path, and on this account the traces of their doctrines are scattered without any uniformity or connection. But the pathway of those who are in the Church, circles the whole universe, for it has a firm tradition from the Apostles, and gives us to see that the faith of all is one and the same. . . . And, indeed, the public teaching of the Church, in which one and the same way of salvation is shown throughout the whole world, is true and firm. For to this was entrusted the light of God, and on this account is the wisdom of God, through which He saves all men, proclaimed in the gates (outlets); In the streets she behaves confidently; on the tops of the walls she is announced; and in the gates of the city she speaketh unceasingly. For everywhere the Church preaches the truth, and this is the lamp with seven branches, bearing the light of Christ.

2. "They, therefore, who abandon the teaching of the Church, condemn the holy presbyters of ignorance; not considering how much preferable is a religious but untutored man, to a blasphemous and impudent sophist. But such are all heretics, and they who think that they find something more beyond the truth . . . not having at all times the same opinions regarding the same matters; like blind men they are led by the blind, justly will they fall into the pit of error which lies hidden beneath; always seeking and never finding the truth. We ought, therefore, to fly from the opinions of these men, and to watch, with redoubled attention, that we be not, in some way, perplexed by them; but (we ought) to fly unto the Church, and in her bosom to be brought up, and to be fed with the Scriptures of the Lord. For the Church has been planted as a Paradise in this world. Of every tree of Paradise ye shall eat the fruits, says the Spirit of God; that is, eat of every dominical Scripture; but upon an arrogant interpretation (sense) feed not, neither touch ye, any part of the whole heretical dissension."

Adv. Hæres. l. v. c. 20, n. 1, 2, p. 317.
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St. Clement of Alexandria, (A.D. 150-220), Greek; theologian, a scholar of Pantaenus, to whom he succeeded as head of the Catechetical School at Alexandria, Egypt. His writings display great acquaintance with the Gentile philosophy. He wrote with the express design of hiding the mysteries of the Christian religion from the Pagans, and the uninitiated, while at the same time, laboring to show the immense practical superiority of the Christian code of morals over that of every Pagan sect and system of philosophy.

"He says, by Ezechiel, addressing himself to the priests, and laying before them a saving description of a just care: "I will bind up that which was lame; and I will heal that which was sick and I will bring back that which had wandered; and I will feed them, upon my holy mountain." (Ezechiel 34) These are the promises of a good shepherd. Feed us, Thy children, as sheep. Yea, Lord, fill us with Thy pasture of righteousness; yea, Pedagogue, feed us on Thy holy mountain, in the Church, which is on high, above the clouds, touching the heavens."

Paedag. l. i. c. 9, p. 148.
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Origen of Alexandria, (A.D. 184-253), Alexandrian; born in Egypt, philosopher, theologian, writer.

"But if we read with Aquila, "In my mountain", the mountain of Christ is to be understood as His Church, which is lofty and raised on high. To this mountain has been given by the Father, according to His good pleasure, an unshaken empire; for the Church rules as a queen over those who are left on earth, and shares the empire with Christ."

T. ii. Select, in Ps. xxix. p. 642.
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"We are not to give heed to those who say, "Behold, here is Christ", but show Him not in the Church, which is filled with brightness from the East even unto the West; which is filled with true light; is the pillar and ground of truth; in which, as a whole, is the whole advent of the Son of Man, who saith to all men throughout the universe, "Behold, I am with you all the days of life even unto the consummation of the world"

T. iii. Comm. in Matt. (Tr. 30) n. 46, p. 865.
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St. Hippolytus of Rome, (A.D. 170-236), Roman; bishop and martyr, probably a scholar of St. Irenæus of Lyons.

"By the woman clothed with the Sun, he very plainly signified the Church clothed with the Paternal word, more brilliant than the sun; and by the moon under her feet, he pointed out the Church adorned with heavenly brightness like as the moon; whilst the words, and on her head a crown of twelve stars, designate the twelve Apostles, by whom the Church was founded. And being with child, she cried, travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered, because the Church will not cease giving birth out of her heart to the Word that is persecuted in the world by unbelievers. And she brought forth a male child, who was to rule all nations because the Church, as she always brings forth Christ, — the perfect Son of God, and proclaimed to God and Man, — teaches all nations."

Demon, de Christo et Antich.. Galland. t. ii. n. 61, p. 439.
(Fab. t. 1, n. 61, p. 50.)
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St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258), North African; bishop; biblical scholar, martyr.

Thus the Church, flooded with the light of the Lord, puts forth her rays through the whole world; yet the light is one, which is spread over every place, while its unity of body is preserved. In the luxuriance of her plenty, she stretches her branches over the universal earth, and spreads out far and wide her bountiful and onward streams. Yet is there one head and one source, and one mother abundant in the results of her fruitfulness. It is of her that we are born; with her milk are we nourished; her breath is our life. The spouse of Christ cannot become adulterate, she is undefiled and chaste. She owns but one home; with spotless purity she guards the sanctity of one chamber. She keeps us for God; she appoints unto a kingdom the sons that she has borne.

De Unitate. p. 142, et seqq.
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Eusebius of Cæsarea, (A.D. c.263-338), appointed Bishop of Cæsarea in A.D. 314, Roman historian, exegete and Christian polemicist, scholar of the Biblical canon who was deeply embroiled in the Arian controversy.

Explaining Zacharias 14:4, he says:

"Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain that is called Olivet, which is over against Jerusalem." (Acts 1:12) The mount of Olives spoken of is, indeed, according to the words read, over against Jerusalem, and to the east of it (Zechariah 14:4); but, besides this, according to the sense, it is the holy Church of Christ and the mountain upon which it has been based, of which the Saviour teaches, saying, "A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid." (Matthew 5) — being instead of that Jerusalem which has fallen and never risen — raised up, and found worthy of the feet of Christ: and this is not only over against Jerusalem, but is also to the east of it, having received the rays of that light by which we worship God, and being much before Jerusalem, and nearer to the sun of justice, of whom it has been said: "Unto those that fear me the Sun of justice shall arise." (Malachi 4:2)

Dem. Evang. l. vi. c. 18, p. 289, Colon. 1688.
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"The Lord shall rejoice over thee, even as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride. (Isaiah 62:5) For the only-begotten Word of God came down from Heaven that He might show forth, as bearing fruit, that Church which He united to Himself, a chaste virgin, not having spot or wrinkle, but rather holy and without blemish. Having therefore from Him received the seeds of the evangelical institution, He has exhibited the spouse resplendent with spiritual sacrifices, and with holy works."

Comment, in Hesai. c. lxii. t. ii. Nov. Collect. Patr. Graec. (Montfaucon).
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St. Hilary of Poitiers, (A.D. 315-367), French; husband, theologian, bishop of Poiters around A.D. 355, and Doctor of the Church. Referred to as the "Hammer of the Arians" and the "Athanasius of the West.". He was obviously a firm supporter of St. Athanasius.

Explaining St. Matthew 5:15:

"A city built upon a mountain cannot be hid." The light, or lamp of Christ, is not now to be hidden under a bushel, nor to be concealed by any covering of the synagogue, but, hung on the wood of the Passion, it will give an everlasting light to those that dwell in the Church. He also admonishes the Apostles to shine with a like splendor, that by the admiration of their deeds, praise may be given to God."

Comment, in Matthew c. v. n. 13, t. i. p. 683.
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St. Athanasius of Alexandria, (A.D. 296-372), Egyptian; bishop, theologian, and Doctor of the Church. He was present, as an assistant to St. Alexander of Alexandria, at the council of Nicea who he succeeded in A.D. 326. During more than forty years he was the champion of orthodoxy, and suffered much severe persecution from the Arian party.

Explaining Psalm 88:38:

"And His throne as the sun before me." Understand, by the throne of Christ, the Church; for in it He rests. The Church of Christ, then, he says, shall be refulgent and enlighten all under Heaven, and be abiding as the sun and the moon. For this passage says so: "His throne as the sun before me, and as the moon perfect forever, and a faithful witness in Heaven."

Expos, in Ps. t. i. p. 922.
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St. Optatus of Milevis, (unknown - A.D. 384), bishop of Milevis, Numidia, in Africa; from Augustine's writings we can assume Optatus was a convert; he is best known for his opposition to the heresy of Donatism.

"It is written in Isaiah the prophet, "The law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3) Not therefore on that Mount Sion does Isaiah look down upon the valley, but on that holy mountain which is the Church, that mountain which lifts its head over the whole Roman world under Heaven. In which mountain the Son of God rejoices that He has been by God appointed king, saying in the first Psalm, "For He has appointed me king over Sion, His holy mountain", to wit, the Church, of which He is king and bridegroom and head. . . . The spiritual Sion is therefore the Church in which Christ has been appointed king by God the Father, a Church which is throughout the world, wherein there is one Catholic Church."

De Schis. Donat. l. iii. n. 2.
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St. Basil the Great, (A.D. 328-379), Cappadocian; bishop of Cæsarea in A.D. 369, theologian, monk. Studied in Palestine, Constantinople, and Athens. Many of the subsequent years of his life were spent in the deserts of Egypt and Libya. His character and works have gained for him the surname of "the great".

"And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains." (Isaiah 2:2) The house of the Lord, prepared on the top of mountains, is the Church, according to that declaration of the Apostle, "Know", he says, "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the Church of the living God." (1 Timothy 3:15) Whose foundations are on the holy mountains, for it is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets. One also of these mountains was Peter, upon which rock the Lord promised to build His Church."

T. i. Par. 2, Comm. in Esai. c. 2, n. 66, p. 604.
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St. John Chrysostom, (A.D. 344 - 407), Syrian; archbishop, Doctor of the Church. Born at Antioch in 344; he was ordained priest in A.D. 383, and raised to the see of Constantinople in the year A.D. 398. His eloquence gained him the title of Chrysostom, or the mouth of gold. His expositions of Scripture, especially the Epistles of St. Paul, are very valuable. This illustrious prelate died on his road to exile, in A.D. 407.

"It is an easier thing for the sun to be quenched, than for the Church to be made invisible."

T. vi. Hom, iv. In illud, vidi Dom. n. 2, p. 141.
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St. Chromatius of Aquileia, (unknown- A.D. c.407), Italian; bishop (and scholar) of Aquileia, in which see he succeeded Valerian in the year 387; he was the friend of St. Ambrose and of St. Jerome.

"A city seated on a hill cannot be hid." (Matthew 5:14) By this city is here meant the Church, concerning which the divine Scriptures in many places give testimony, and of which David especially speaks, saying, "Glorious things are said of thee, city of God." (Psalm 86): and again, "The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful." (Ps. 45); and again, "As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God. God hath founded it forever." (Psalm 47) ... As "a city, therefore, placed upon a hill", he points out the Church, upon the faith of our Lord and Saviour placed in heavenly glory, — a Church which . . . visible to the whole world, has been made glorious;. . . and he subjoins, "Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house." (St. Matthew 5) . . . Wherefore this light of the law and of faith is not to be hidden from us, but is to be always placed in the Church, as it were in a candlestick, for the salvation of many, that both we may enjoy the light of its truth, and all believers may be enlightened. The Holy Ghost exhorts, by Isaiah also, unto the contemplation of this light, saying, "Come ye, let us walk in the light of the Lord." (Isaiah 2:5) Of which light blessed Peter also testifies in his epistle, saying, "Who hath snatched us out of darkness, and called us unto marvelous light." (1 Peter 2) Whence also the prophet Zechariah, that he might make known the mysteries of this spiritual light, and of the heavenly candlestick which was pointed out as a figure of the Church, amongst other things which were shown, witnesses that he saw a golden candlestick with its lamps. For even in the tabernacle of the testimony, after the fashion of the truth to come, a candlestick with its lamps gave light to the people with a flame that never wearied. The reason of this has been, even as all the sacraments of the law, a thing hidden from the Jews, but is to us now manifest. For we know that there was exhibited, in that candlestick, a type of the true and eternal light, that is, of the Holy Spirit, who, by means of His multiform grace, always gives light to the whole body of the Church."

Tract, iv. in Matthew p. 339, t. viii. Galland.
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St. Augustine of Hippo, (A.D. 354-428), North African; born in Tagaste in A.D. 354, baptized in Milan in A.D. 387, ordained a priest in A.D. 391 and appointed bishop of Hippo in A.D. 395, Augustine is one of our greatest theologians. His numerous works display genius of the highest order, and have ever had great weight in the Christian churches. He is also a Doctor of the Church.

"He, therefore, that has no wish to sit in the council of vanity",(Psalm 25:4), let him not be borne away by the whirlwind of pride, seeking for conventicles of the just, conventicles which he cannot find separated from the unity of the whole world. But there are just men through out the whole of that city which cannot be hid, because it is placed upon a mountain: that mountain, I mean, of Daniel, where that "stone, cut without hands, increased, and filled the whole earth". (Daniel 2) Throughout, therefore, the whole of this city, which is spread over the whole world, the just groan and mourn on account of the iniquities which are committed in the midst of them. Therefore, let no one seek for the just in a state of separation, but rather let him mourn together with them over the commixture of evil men which is found in this life. . . . There is, therefore, no safeguard of unity, save from the Church made known by the promises of Christ, — a Church which, being seated on a hill, as has been said, cannot be hid; and for this cause it must needs be known to all parts of the earth. Let us, then, hold it as a thing immovable and firm, that no good men can separate themselves from her; that is, that no good men — wherever those men may dwell, even though they may have to bear with evil men well known to them — will, on account of those evil men, separate themselves, by the fool-hardy sacrilege of schism, from the good that are at a distance from and unknown to them."

T. ix. l. iii. Contr. Ep. Parmeniani, n. 27, 28, col. 146, 147.
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"You know, and indeed you remark, that the Holy Ghost came down in this manner, in order that they whom He then filled might speak in every tongue. What meant that sign and prodigy? Why is the Holy Ghost given so that an obscure individual, to whom He is given, is able to speak in every tongue; but that the miracle then performed portended that all nations would believe, and so the Gospel be in every tongue? This had been also foretold in the psalm long before: "There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." (Psalm 18) This was said in regard of those who, after having received the Holy Ghost, were to speak in every tongue. But because that same miracle signified that, in all nations and tongues, the Gospel would be, and Christ's body speak aloud in every tongue, throughout the whole world, there is added, "Their sound has gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the earth." Hence is it that the true Church is hidden from no one. For this cause is that which Himself says in the Gospel, "A city seated on a hill cannot be hid." For this, too, there is appended, in the above psalm, "He hath set His tabernacle in the sun", that is, in open view, as we find said in the Books of Kings, "What thou hast done secretly, thou shalt suffer in the sight of the sun." (2 Kings 12:12)

T. ix. l. iii. Contr. Lit. Petil. n. 74, col. 390.
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"May God withdraw thee from the party of Donatus, and recall thee to the Catholic Church, whence they snatched thee when a catechumen, and bound thee with the chain of a deadly honor. Then shall the "dew of Hermon" upon the mountains of Sion be partaken in by thee; ye are not in the mountains of Sion, because you are not in "the city seated on a hill", which has this sure mark, that "it cannot be hidden". It is, therefore, known to all nations: now the party of Donatus is unknown to many nations: it is not, therefore, that city."

T. ix. l. c. n. 239 (al. 104), col. 466.
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St. Cyril of Alexandria, (A.D. 376-444), Egyptian; bishop, theologian and Doctor of the Church. He succeeded Theophilus in the patriarchal see of Alexandria, in A.D. 412, and was the great champion of orthodoxy against Nestorius, against whom the general council of Ephesus was called, in A.D. 431 and in which St. Cyril presided.

Explaining Isaiah 2:2:

"Of the Church the prophet says, that "in the latter days the mountain of the Lord shall be conspicuous, and the house of the God of Jacob upon the tops of the mountains", and we indeed read that the Sion of the Jews was placed and built upon a mountain. But we may here understand, not in a visible but in a spiritual manner, the Church, which also is compared to a mountain. For the Church is in truth lofty and conspicuous, and well known to all men in every place. It is also lofty in another sense; for her thoughts have nothing earthly, but she is above all that is earthly, and with the eyes of the understanding, looks upon, as far as it is possible, the glory of God, and glories in doctrines truly exalted, concerning God. Wherefore, with justice may the house of God be called a mountain (known) by the understanding, and it is perfectly visible, as being raised upon the hills; and one may say of it, and with great cause, what as a notable illustration was uttered by the mouth of the Saviour: "A city placed upon a hill can not be hidden."

T. ii. Comm. in Esai. l. 1, or. 2, pp. 35, 36.
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The Visibility of the Church follows so evidently from:

      • the promises of Christ
      • from the commission of the Apostles "to teach all nations,"
      • from the nature of church-government, and of the sacraments, and
      • from the essential character of the divine institution, which all are bound to embrace, that there can be no need of any lengthened testimony on this issue.

An invisible Church are words devoid of meaning.



The Church's Scriptures that support the Visibility of the Church:

Isaiah prophesies that the House of the Lord will be prepared on the top of the mountain and all nations shall flow unto it.

2 "And in the last days. the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it."


Isaiah 2:2

Daniel prophesies that God will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, shall be faithful to His people, and stand for ever.

35 "The stone that struck the statue became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 44 But in the days of those kingdoms the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, and His kingdom shall not be delivered up to another people: and it shall break in pieces, and shall consume all these kingdoms, and itself shall stand for ever."


Daniel 2:35, 44

Micah prophesies that the House of the Lord will be prepared on the top of the mountain and many people will join His House, learn his ways, and walk accordingly.

1 "And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and high above the hills, and people shall flow to it. 2 And many nations shall come in haste, and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob: and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth out of Sion, and the Word of the Lord out of Jerusalem."


Micah 4:1, 2

Jesus, Himself tells his Apostles that they are the light of the world and encourages them to let the light of the Catholic Gospel shine before men to give glory to God, their Father.

"14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven."


Matthew 5:14-16

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