“The Fall is really the birth of humankind.
Yes, humankind caused the currant of guilt and atonement into the world,
but it is not an abortive creation of God;
Human beings fulfilled their purpose
— at enormous cosmic risk —
of making possible within themselves
the encounter between good and evil
so evil might be overcome.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas’ Shorter Summa, Pg 217-226
This quote shines a light on Eve, sacrificing herself through The Fall to save her children from harm. In Christ and Sophia we read how”At the Fall the immaculate astral nature of Eve received the spiritual being worshipped in Egypt as the Goddess Isis and in the Christian Church today as the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven. In the previous study, we spoke of her as the Sophia,”
St.Thomas Aquinas reminds us how two other significant realities impacted mortal beings at The Fall: The virtues inclining us toward righteousness were rescinded at the same time mortal beings were exposed to Earth’s polarity. This required mortal beings, for the first time, to choose between good and evil without a natural inclination to choose good.
Eve’s action was a necessary step if we were to realize our full potential. It’s our challenge to rise above the pull of polarity with its limitations of yes/no thinking — to see the benefit of asking “what if” opening us to the endless possibilities awaiting us. This is our gift as beings made in the Image and Likeness of God.
Another gift bolstered our opportunities. The lost virtues were regained by Jesus’ at his baptism in the Jordan River. Since then we’ve had the benefit of being inclined to righteousness through wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
We’ll learn more about Eve when we focus on The Feminine Trinity of mother, daughter and holy soul in a few weeks.
Blessings To All Mothers and Those Who Step In For Them, Barbara
P.S. Remember to sing a song to lighten the minds and hearts of the Ukraine people. They have an instinctive heart resonance with music.