There is a fable that speaks of two wolves that live inside each of us. One is a very angry and fierce persona. He growls, pounces and bites. He is at war with himself and others. He is restless, savage and lives in fear. So the instinct to survive puts him in a constant mode of attack and destroy. The other wolf is the complete opposite. He is gentle and peaceful. He howls as if he is singing, and makes noises that invite others to draw close in joy. He often falls on the floor when approached, for no other purpose than to be scratched and to play. His loving soul radiates so brightly, that others want to be in his company. Which wolf will be stronger and endure longer? The wolf that is fed. If we allow ourselves to consume a daily diet of anger, be more inclined to judge people’s words and actions in negative ways, have a mindset that is constantly fighting, and even seek to incorporate others to join the battle or the barrier, we are feeding the first wolf. We are warned by Jesus that being angry and saying unkind words to another person will make us liable to judgement (Mt. 5:22). Strive to starve the first wolf in our lives. Instead, seek to feed and strengthen the second wolf by consuming the fruit of the Spirit - love, patience, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). It is by tending to the second wolf that we become like Jesus. Come Holy Spirit and fill us with Your peace and joy. May the light of Your overpowering love dispel the darkness in and around us, and help us to live as You desire. Amen.