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How to Rid the World of Evil

Over the years I have heard both helpful and not-so-helpful ways of thinking and speaking about evil. On the helpful side: In 1974 I interviewed the late Father Henri Nouwen about the writings of Thomas Merton on nonviolence. Nouwen was a teacher at Yale Divinity School at the time and had written a book about Merton entitled Pray to Live.
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Henri Nouwen and His Much-Needed Sabbatical

He was on sabbatical in France, in L’Arche,” explains Sr. Sue Mosteller, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and also the team at Daybreak. “I said ‘What are you doing next year?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I have no idea, but I know I’m not going back to Harvard.’” Henri Nouwen the priest-writer-professor had had enough of that final hyphen.
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The Influence of Henri Nouwen

Recently, reading Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit, by Kevin Burns, I recalled how Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) impacted my life and spiritual development with his writings, most particularly by his idea of a what he called a “wounded healer.” As a young Franciscan friar in the early 1970s, I was finding my way in life and in ministry. That was when I first encountered Nouwen’s work in pastoral psychology. What impressed me were his insights into human frailty and suffering. Nouwen believed that all personal problems, with their suffering and joy, could become a way for finding a greater awareness of how God works in the human spirit and, thus, a path to effective ministry. Let me explain by way of a personal illustration.
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