Whenever I visited the Spagnola home, John’s mother would immediately ask to say the “Angelus.” I’m captivated by her faithfulness.
In the 15th century, at the first toll of the Angelus, there wasn’t a Frenchman who did not immediately fall to this knees to pray:
“The Angel of the Lord, declared unto Mary. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost (Hail Mary).
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Thy Word (Hail Mary).
“And the Word was made Flesh. And dwelt among us (Hail Mary).
“Pray for us, O most Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
“Let us Pray: Pour forth we beseech Thee, O lord. Thy Grace unto our hearts that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.” Amen.
Grace was bestowed on Catholics through the giving of Jesus Christ’s suffering on the Cross “in the Flesh” (“Agnus Dei” — Lamb of God). Greatest Grace? Eucharist and Confession; “Both” culminate in the “eternal” Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Many confuse the word “Spirit” in John 6 as merely meaning a spiritual representation of the bread as Christ’s Body in Holy Communion. No, we are united not in bread, but Christ Himself: “Through Him, with Him, and in Him.”
Outside of the authority of the Catholic Church, the bread is all you have. The spiritual in John 6 is for us: “To walk in the Spirit of 1 Corinthians 11:27-29” —— “Must examine ourselves in Confession or we do damage to His Body.” How could we do damage to His body if not His Body?
That Christ died in the Flesh is very important. Only two places in the Bible “Full of Grace”: John 1:14 and Luke 1:28 (which often has been changed). First involves Incarnate Christ (of the Flesh). And how did He receive His Flesh? Through Hail Mary, “Full of Grace.”
Saying “Yes” to God in the Incarnation involves pruning our will in order that the will of Most Holy Triune God can flower. Guilt is the fever of conscience. Smile on compromise? You haven’t seen the destructive consequences.