A Jesuit in India, Fr. Hedwig Lewis, S.J., shares the following story which brings to life our daily struggle 
to choose life: A wise old man once imparted this lesson about life to his grandson.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”  

He continued, “The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, benevolence, empathy, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied,“The one you feed.”

(From “In Good Company:  Information and Insights for Jesuit Collaborators,” Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, Gujarat India, 2016, p. 37)


On this the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, let us do our best to feed “the good wolf “ inside of our hearts!

—Fr. Brian Paulson, S.J. serves as Provincial for Jesuits of the Chicago-Detroit province of the Society of Jesus.