Saturday

The Wolves Within

In Russian folklore there's a story about an elderly grandmother teaching her grandchildren about life.

She said to them, 'There's a battle going on inside me... it is a terrible fight between two powerful wolves. One wolf is full of fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.'

'The other wolf is filled with joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.'

The grandmother continues, 'This same fight goes on inside you and inside every other living person in the world.'

The children were wide-eyed at the animation she used in telling the story. While they were reflecting upon what their grandmother had told them one of the smaller children asked... 'Grandmother, which wolf will win?'

The old woman simply replied... 'Darling, the one you feed.'

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Heavenly Father, We give thanks for the unconditional love You show for us. We pray that you forgive us for our transgressions, for when we speak unkind words, think of ourselves before others, or in our failure to show sympathy and compassion for those in need. Enable us and guide us, that our actions may lessen the tide of human sorrow and may we always be contributors to the sum of human happiness. We pray this in Christ’s name. Amen

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