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Posted on 10/05/2017 8:23:11 AM PDT by Salvation
Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!
In the past I have shared a list of things we can learn from dogs. When I was growing up, we always had a dog, so although I did not compose the list below, I can vouch for its accuracy.
Over my years of city living as an adult, I have grown accustomed to having cats (they are great mousers in old rectories). So I set my thoughts toward composing a similar list of what I have learned from cats. They are such independent and self-assured animals! They really let you know whos boss, but mitigate their arrogance somewhat with clownish play and affectionate head-butts.
God speaks to us in all of creation, including our pets, to whom we are often so close. What is God saying? Many things!
So here is my list of what I have heard God say through the cats I have loved over the years: Tupac, Katy Bell, Jenny June, Gracie Girl, Rita Hayworth, Ellen Bayne, Jerry McGuire, Benedict (Benny), Daniel, and Jewel. Some of them lived in the alley and a few in the house, but they have all taught me things. Here are a few pearls of wisdom they conveyed:
The following list of things we can learn from dogs has been making the rounds on the Internet for years, but it really is rather instructive. Dogs do have a lot to teach us, and I thank God for the dogs to whom I have been close over the years: Prince, Missy, Molly, Taco, Salsa, Chili, Kaila, Lucy, Clancy, and many others. And again, although others compiled this second list, I can affirm through much experience how true it is!
Fifteen things we can learn from dogs:
Happy Feast of St. Francis!
All creatures of our God and king
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Monsignor Pope Ping!
From reptiles, you learn that heat is really great. We could all enjoy life more if we sat on a rock and grinned at the sun.
Thank-you God for the blessings of animals. Amen
LOVELY post Salvation.
My new kitten Daisy Jane is teaching me a lot...like how to wear long sleeves even when it’s hot to hide the bite and scratch marks. And how to keep on loving her even when she pounces on me at 4 a.m. She is a precious child, tho, both of mine and of God’s.
Have a blessed St. Francis day
Charlie Russell, our latest dragon, has the most sublime expression of joy when the sunbeam hits his rocks.
My cats teach that it is possible to hog the whole bed and make the human take a nap on the floor.
This is nice. Thanks for posting.
I am feeding a feral family of 3. A lot of fun observing them and their haughty ways!
Dragons and Gecko always seem to be smiling.
(and the Roman Catholic writer selected a wonderful Mormon Tabernacle Choir rendition! Also, reminds me of my Roman Catholic university holding its graduation ceremonies in
the Masonic Auditorium. seemed a bit odd at the time, but it did work out well...smile smile smile)
Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
From dogs I learned to walk in a circle three times before lying down.
And, even though they stick their heads out of car windows into the wind, it irritates them greatly if you blow in their face.
I’ve also learned a good dog is better than most people.
I have never had any desire to make love to an animal.
I wanted and prayed for a German Shepherd.
Instead God had my daughter drop off her rescue Chihuahua.
German Shepherd, Chihuahua.
German Shepherd, Chihuahua.
God must have a wonderful sense of humor to mock me so.
Thanks; nice to read after all the other misery this week.
Definitely. Whatcha expect?
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