"Perhaps you've heard the parable of the Native American grandfather who was walking with his teenage grandson who, like many young men, was struggling to discern his purpose in life and the values that would guide him.
"'Grandfather,' said the young man, 'I feel like I have two wolves fighting within me. One is fierce and angry; the other is kind and peaceful. Please tell me, which one will win?' Responded the wise elder, 'The one that you feed.'
"That story comes to mind when in these days there's so much anger, so many harsh words to be found in our nation and culture, our church and community. Sometimes the division appears even in our own families, fueled by dinnertime arguments over sharp differences of political opinions. . . .
"And the division is a problem we need to take seriously."
In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence (RI), reflected on how our words and deeds have consequences and on the importance of tempering our zeal with prudence, our righteousness with humility, and our anger with charity.
To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit:
The Imitation of Christ: Which One Do You Feed? (4 FEB 21)