Ascetic words and epistles (Vol. II)
All the seen economy of the Church of God was made for the living and understanding nature of the rational soul, made in the image of God, which is the living and true church of God. That is why the unspeakable and inanimate and corporeal were honored with names similar to those of the rational and animate and heavenly, so that the infant soul, guided by the shadow, to reach the truth. The man of God is the church of Christ and the temple of God, and the true sacrifice, and the living sacrifice, by which even the carnal, being sanctified, received the name of the heavenly.