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 (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.”