We were inspired to combine a classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs with a real life story The Wolf of Gubbio in building this year’s float. Everyone knows the story of The Three Little Pigs. A wolf tried to eat some pigs, he blew the first house down made of straw; then he blew the second house down made of sticks; then he failed to blow down the third house made of bricks. On our float, we built that third house to be God’s house, the Church (1 Timothy 3:15) for Jesus said that the gates of hades will not overpower it (Matthew 16:18). The wolf which represents the gates of hades in our scene cannot overpower the Church. We melded the classic fairy tale with a real life story of The Wolf of Gubbio in which a wolf terrorized the town of Gubbio in Italy. Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of our Newman Center, by the power of God, tamed the wolf and thereby brought peace to the town. As Christians, we are not shocked by this because Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14). Saint Francis of Assisi provides a wonderful example for us that by loving God and keeping his commandments and having the faith at least the size of a mustard seed, we can do great things through prayer (Matthew 17:20). Our current Pope who is named after this saint, continues in the line of Peter in leading God’s Church here on earth until Jesus returns again.
If you want to read more about The Wolf of Gubbio, visit the Wikipedia page here.
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