|Patti Maguire Armstrong|
On Monday, I mentioned my fellow mother-writer-faith sister, Patti Armstrong, Bismarck, ND, sharing how she’d had a chance to hang out with actor Anthony Hopkins a few weeks back in anticipation of his latest film, The Rite. The film follows the true story of a priest who performs exorcisms. Patti was part of a press junket — a small group of press representatives — who got to talk with all of the actors and others who took part in the film.
After interviewing Patti on Real Presence Radio on Monday, I decided to share more on this topic, which I consider a faith issue that has great relevance to our modern-day lives. A friend of mind who spent a decade as an agnostic recently shared this with me regarding her return to Faith:
“Once I had accepted the fact that evil was an active force in our world and in the human heart, I was much more open to the reality of an opposing, good force.”
Interesting, huh? Not that I want to focus on evil — of course not. And neither does Patti. But failure to recognize that evil exists, and is a real and formidable foe (though not equal to God and His might) has the potential to lead us away from God. Patti shared with me on radio that evil inevitably compels us back into the loving arms of an all-loving God. And every Sunday at Mass, and in churches of many different denominations across the world, we say, “Deliver us from evil,” and there’s a reason we do.