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.