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I could share every homily preached by my mentor Fritz Bauerschmidt, and be justified doing so—they’re all terribly good. His homily for this first Sunday in Lent is particularly good. As it happens I was teaching evil as privatio boni to my Catholic theology class on the day Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and was put in the awkward position of saying evil doesn’t really exist on a day when unspeakable evils were underway. Like Bauerschmidt, I used Herbert McCabe’s image of evil as hole-in-sock to try to balance both privatio boni and our real experience of evil as surd. But I wish I’d had this homily to share with my students. (I plan to share it in class this week.)