Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ponder: "the bride bedecked with her jewels"

"In the diversity of people who experience the gift of God, each in accordance with its own culture, the Church expresses her genuine catholicity and shows forth 'the beauty of her varied face.'  In the Christian customs of an evangelized people, the Holy Spirit adorns the Church, showing her new aspects of revelation and giving her a new face.  Through inculturation, the Church 'introduces peoples, together with their cultures, into her own community,' for 'every culture offers positive values and forms which can enrich the way the Gospel is preached, understood and lived.'  In this way, the Church takes up the values of different cultures and becomes sponsa ornata monilibus suis, 'the bride bedecked with her jewels' (c.f. Isaiah 61:10)."

Pope Francis, Evangelium Gaudii, 116.

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