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The Tiger Within

by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

There was a young lad in Italy who used to pass by a sculptor's yard on the way to school. One day, as he walked by, he noticed a huge block of marble in the middle of the yard. The following day, the marble was gone, but behind the closed doors of the workshop, he could hear the sound of chipping, and guessed—rightly—that the scuptor was working on the marble.

Several months later, he saw that the doors were open and unable to restrain his curiosity, peeked in and stood transfixed in amazement at the sight of a giant tiger. It was so life-like, with powerful muscles, and a real sense of aggression.

He looked at it for a long while, then approached the sculptor. He tugged his coat, looked up into his face with awe written all over it, and whispered: "Excuse me, sir, but how did you know there was a tiger in there?"

Jesus looks at each of us, and he sees the possibilities. He cannot begin, however, without our openness and goodwill ...

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