Once in a human body, matter becomes wholly “invisible”. And yet, its beauty is here unsurpassable, by the grace of the descending form.
It was God’s boldest plan to predestine individual spirits as matter for the highest kind of molding. Here too, by becoming a member of the Mystical Body, the spirit in a true sense gives up its highest natural manifestations:
It must in some sense decline in order to enter into unity. But at the same time, through grace, it gains an unsuspected supernatural beauty.
Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Grain of Wheat