Fr. Richard Rohr on his porch


The law was given to multiply our opportunities for falling. — St. Paul to the Romans (5:20)

After this surely-shocking Scripture, I begin these remarks on transgression with a poem from my favorite metaphysical poet, George Herbert, Welsh-born Anglican priest and mystic of the 17th century. In “Easter Wings,” as in other of his poems, he seems to deeply comprehend the precise and astounding nature of how spiritual transformation happens. He has learned that you must fall or fail before you know what reunion, or even union, really is, and only “then shall the fall further the flight in me.” God makes it rather certain that we will all fail, if we are honest about ourselves. The bar and goal of unconditional, divine love is set so high that no one can ever honestly say, “I have fulfilled the law!” or “I am a totally good person.”

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Center for Action and Contemplation. 2018. Richard Rohr, OFM – Center for Action and Contemplation. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 05 March 2018].

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