on that battle inside all of us

Singles For Christ - Metro Manila Conference 2009

Singles For Christ - Metro Manila Conference 2009

Karen and I have been ranting about the recent exhilarating and spiritually-enlighting experience at the Metro Manila Conference of Singles For Christ in Baguio last weekend. I was one of the workshop coordinators for “Director’s Cut: A Spiritual Direction” by I must say, one of the most intelligent and kindest priest I know – Fr. Xavier L. Olin, SJ. Jesuits are really intellectuals, don’t you think? 🙂

Let me just share a story from that workshop. It says a lot about the human being’s internal battle between good and evil. It’s not really much a surprise to know that the bottom line of this war will absolutely depend on our own decisions. It’s good to be reminded of this once in a while. So here’s how the ancient story goes…

One evening around the campfire an old Cherokee warrior was telling his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other ‘wolf’ is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
His grandson thought about this story for a minute and then asked his grandfather…
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee warrior simply replied…
“The one you feed.”

One evening around the campfire an old Cherokee warrior was telling his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil.

It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego (yeah, go check your favorite sins.. hehe).

The other ‘wolf’ is Good.

It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

His grandson thought about this story for a minute and then asked his grandfather…

“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee warrior simply replied…

“The one you feed.”

-END-

We do not sin at the onset of feelings, whether it be negative or positive. Sin comes in only when we start feeding on that emotion or desire… when we start justifying why we are right in our own respective notions.. and when we judge immediately. It’s good to know that when you are caught right in the midst of the “wolf-battle”, you are eligible for God’s invitation to pray and commune with Him. It is only through discernment and prayer can we listen to God’s say in our lives, regardless of our feelings.
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3 responses to “on that battle inside all of us

  1. I like this illustration! It says a lot about me, lol! Thanks for sharing, friend =)

  2. Hi sis… thanks for passing by my blog… After the MMC I went to our house in La Union and right now I am in Vigan, so ‘di pa ako nakapag-blog about the MMC.

    I love this MMC. It changed me tremendously. I give God all the praise for pursuing me.

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