LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Chapter 21
OF THE MOST HOLY MIRACLE OF ST FRANCIS IN TAMING THE FIERCE WOLF OF GUBBIO
I read this story quite as a matter of fact. I wonder if it was intended to be so taken and if it was so taken by its original audience. It's told in a style that to me seems reminiscent of fairy tales. I almost expected to be told the wolf spoke. That would have seemed to me to be a clue that this story wasn't to be taken as literally true. The wolf is very careful to act in ways that although unlikely aren't impossible aside from miracle. And yet we're told in the chapter title that this is a miracle story, so there's two good readsons to take it as literally true. But I don't think it's absolutely neccessary to so take it. Let's enjoy suspending judgement on whether it actually happened as stated and look at it in terms of its applicability for us today.
The wolf could be credit card interest or mortgage, devouring much of our disposable income, or debt in general for someone between jobs. The wolf seemed easy enough to me, but maybe someone has a better interpretation. This story is long enough to have plenty of details for others to make their observations about them. Maybe it was unfair of me to take the easiest one, since I have a head start, starting the thread.