15. For the Church is His body, as the apostle's teaching shows us; and it is
even called His spouse. His body, then, which has many members, and all
performing different functions, He holds together in the bond of unity and
love, which is its true health. Moreover He exercises it in the present time,
and purges it with many wholesome afflictions, that when He has transplanted
it from this world to the eternal world, He may take it to Himself as His
bride, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.