Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Quinn the Hedgehog, following his blessing & a sprinkling of Holy Water.

Despite my religious upbringing, (or perhaps, in part, because of it), I often struggle with matters of a spiritual nature.  But I have come to realize that even after many years of doubt, I still have a strong faith that is always going to be a part of who I am.  There is spirit here, around us and inside us, pervading every living thing.   I still believe there is a Creator, a Plan…and there is Love.

So often I have sought comfort in organized religion, only to find it lacking in forgiveness, acceptance, and compassion…the very tenets on which it was built.  Yet from time to time, I’m reminded that real love for ALL of God’s creatures is alive and well.  One of the most moving events we attend as a rescue group each October is the Blessing of the Pets at our local Catholic church, St. Mary’s.  This year, we were fortunate enough to attend a second blessing at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Brother and sister team Daniel & Mira socialize after the ceremony.

Among the young dogs of velvety fur and puppy breath, the older but wiser canines with their grey muzzles and gentle eyes, and the occasional pretentious cat, you never know what you might see.  This year’s hedgehog sighting was a first for me.  Quinn was a little shy, but seemed to enjoy the attention.  This was also the first time I’ve seen a turtle receive God’s blessings.

"Speedy" is Blessed

 There is a reverent calm among the animals as they are receiving the sacred blessing.  It’s almost like they know, as animals so often do, with an awareness superior to our own.

JT, blessed by Msgr. Kirk: “Creature of God, be blessed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

The writer of this poem gives credit to “the Lord God” for “all things bright and beautiful”, but I believe her words of gratitude are fitting to all, no matter what you call your Spirit, your Creator.

Maker of Heaven and Earth
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
-Cecil Frances Alexander

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“We are fa-mi-ly…I got all my sisters with me.” Sister Sledge

Shanti, pictured here with her litter-mates Courtney & Christina, at their doggie reunion.

Updates from our dogs make my day more than anything in the world…it’s like a little drop of magic sprinkled in my email box :-).   Today I got an update on a very special rescue dog, Shanti (Sanskrit for “peace”).  Shanti and her littermates were dumped as tiny puppies in my friend Andrea’s yard, starving and scrounging in gravel for food…just a typical day for abandoned puppies in the South.  Thankfully, these girls were dumped in the right place.  Andrea knew what to do, we fostered these girls, and all 3 were adopted into fabulous homes.  

I know not everyone has what I’ve come to call “the dog gene”, but I believe this is what the relationship between human and dog is meant to be.  It’s not “pet and pet owner”, but a bond that knows no difference in species.  Dog is truly “man’s best friend”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man’s_best_friend_(catchphrase).  While it saddens me that not everyone is privy to this special bond, I am so very grateful that many of us common humans are linked in this special way to God’s most special creatures. 

Here’s an update from Shanti’s fantastic mom, and some pictures of what a dog’s life should look like.  Enjoy!  Shanti is great!  I can’t believe how much a person can love a dog! I swear I love her more every day!  We had an adventure this morning as I got a new car on Saturday – new to me anyway. In any case it’s bigger than my old one and 4 door so we weren’t very relaxed this morning on the way to doggie day care. We don’t know what to do with having our door and window – we think we might like it but it’s new and kind of scary. And the back seat is much bigger – we used to be able to sit on the back seat and have our head right between the front seats, now we’re further away from mom so we have to stand to be close and that’s unsteady so we don’t know what the heack to do!!  It was very cute and she’ll be used to it by the end of the week I’m sure. She’s doing well in daycare and just had a check up – 55 pounds, and very healthy.  We need to brush her teeth though- that should be fun! She still gets lots of exercise and is still making progress with people. There are a couple of people at the daycare that she has really bonded with and they just love on her.”

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