The Fall is not simply something that happened to Adam and Eve in one historical moment. It’s something that happens in all moments and all lives. It must happen and will happen to all of us. In fact, as the English mystic Julian of Norwich (1342–1416) said, “First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God.” It is in falling down that we learn almost everything that matters spiritually. (pp. 38–39)
• What have you been taught about “the Fall”? What does it mean to you that humans are “fallen”? In what ways does Fr. Richard’s teaching challenge or confirm your understanding of the Fall and experience of being fallen?
• What would it take for you to believe that God’s mercy is in both fall and recovery? What beliefs and understandings would have to change for you to accept and embrace this idea?
—from the book Things Hidden Companion Guide by Richard Rohr (page 31)