St. Ambrose describes
the Church as one built upon the rock of the apostles against
countless dangers in the world; therefore, it remains unmoved. The
Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against the assaults of
the raging sea.
Waves lash at the Church but do not
shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly batter
and crash against her, she offers the safest harbor of salvation for
all in distress.
The Church is like a great ship
being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is
not to abandon ship, as the heretics do, but to keep her on her
course, adds St. Boniface.
The Holy Spirit is present only in
the true Church because He is the Spirit of truth. This Spirit is
what gives her priests the power to bind and forgive in the person
of St. Peter, states St. Augustine.
St. Cyprian states that he cannot
have God for his father who has not the Church for his mother. He
who is outside the Church is outside Noah's Ark.
Pointing to the Catholic Church,
St. Isidore of Seville states that the customs of the Holy Roman
Church do not differ at all from the divine authorities.
St. Bede says that the garments of
Christ's true Church is the blood of the victorious martyrs and the
adornments of virginity.