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A Principals Reflection

Posted by Paul Forrester on 26 February 2020

A Cherokee Indian elder was teaching his grandson about life. "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, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too." His grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked: "Which wolf will win, grandad?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

I was reminded of this story as I was reading a reflection on last week's Gospel where Jesus says "Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. Amen, I say to you, I have come not to abolish but to fulfil." Matthew 5:17

Jesus challenges those that use the letter of law to oppress others rather than allowing the spirit of the law to provide freedom and energy to fulfill one's potential. Schools are places of regulation and all of us can sometimes get caught in the legalistic view of the Pharisees rather than what Jesus wants which is to fulfil the spirit of his Father's law and bring about the Kingdom of God here on earth. Whilst schools have many rules for our students to follow, the spirit behind them lies in feeding the good wolf so that "joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith" are the hallmarks of our community. We will continue to expect much from your sons because we believe they have much to offer.

Author: Paul Forrester
About: Principal, De La Salle Ashfield
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