Engage: What Do We Do with Evil? #6

Read: “A Way Out and Through”

Having laid a good foundation for understanding the nature and expression of evil, Rohr begins to lead us out of it, offering a way through it that he further develops in the rest of the book. This chapter is the pivot for what is to come.

We pray, “deliver us from evil” every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer. Rohr summarizes deliverance in the word ‘freedom.’ It commences only when we name evil “fully and correctly” (p. 61). This requires “real wisdom and spiritual intelligence” (p. 63).

It’s easy to see Rohr’s formation in the Franciscan tradition coming through in this chapter–the disposition to overcome evil with good, as St. Francis’ prayer describes it. From this heritage, Rohr offers light to us all.

A Reminder: our next Zoom discussion is Friday, July 15th at Noon (ET, USA). I have upgraded my Zoom account so we will not be limited to 40 minutes. We will, however, steward our time and keep our meeting to an hour.

I will post the link to the meeting in next Monday’s “Engage” post.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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