Taming the Wolf
“When the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life.” —Ezekiel 18:27
One of the best-known stories of Saint Francis is that of his taming the fierce wolf of Gubbio. Francis speaks to the wolf that has been terrorizing the town. He addresses him from the beginning as “Brother Wolf” and so acknowledges a connection with the creature. He asks the wolf to agree to stop murdering the townspeople. Then he uses the opportunity to preach to the people about their own need for penance and forgiveness.
The wolf of Gubbio is a reminder to us that we need to confront our fears and anger, taming them with the love of God.
Pray with Saint Francis
Holy Obedience puts to shame all natural and selfish desires. Obedience subjects a man to everyone on earth, And not only to men, but to all the beasts as well and to the wild animals, So that they can do what they like with him, as far as God allows them. Amen.