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The Wolf and the Leper
by Farher Richard Roher

It’s wonderful news, brothers and sisters, that we come to God not by our perfection but by our imperfection. Because that gives all of us the only chance we’ll ever have. And it allows us to walk, instead of a sometimes-journey of repression or denial, a journey into truth, into ever-deeper sympathy with what’s going on inside of us.

Deep within each of us live a leper and a wolf. Those are the two images that have caught the imagination of the world about Francis of Assisi. We’ve pictured them but maybe never internalized them. We always pictured meetings out there: Francis meeting the leper on the road, Francis taming the wolf in Gubbio. The stories did happen historically, but first they operate in the soul.

It’s on the inside that lepers and wolves are first to be found. If we haven’t been able to kiss many lepers, if we haven’t been able to tame many wolves, it’s probably because we haven’t made friends with our leper and wolf within. Name your poor leper within, today. Nurse and tend her wounds. Name your inner wolf. Tame him by gentle forgiveness.

From Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 276, Day 287

Starter prayer:
God, give me the desire to desire
what you want me to desire.

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

In many parts of the world the people are searching for a solution which would link the two basic values: peace and justice. The two are like bread and salt for mankind.
– Lech Walesa
from his Nobel Lecture


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