Friday, August 25, 2006

The Blessing of Pets

In a recent comment on this blog, my good friend Jerry in Iowa mentioned that a church in his area holds an annual service to which congregants bring their pets to receive blessings. I'm still awaiting verification but my sources tell me that the dog pictured to the right participated in one of those services and is now actively involved at Hymns & Hounds, a church where dog lovers and their best friends can worship together.


 Meanwhile, elsewhere in America's heartland, an Illinois woman believes that the image of the Virgin Mary has appeared on one of her pet turtle's shells. Again, this awaits further verification but rumor has it that plans are underway for the turtle to travel to Iowa (on the dashboard, of course) to preside over the next pet blessing service.

6 comments:

Dr Mike said...

I think the turtle thing is cool: apparently God, being able to hold everything together and control the future with ease, has a sense of humor.

He seems to be playing "Where's Waldo?" but using the Virgin Mary instead. Everyday is a new page, a new challenge!

"Where's the Virgin Mary?"

KP said...

You know, Michael, that sounds like a good idea for a book. I'm sure it would be a hit. Not too long ago, people were gathering at a Chicagoland underpass because it was reported that she appeared in a stain on the wall. I'm going to have to start taking my camera with me everywhere.

read with open eyes said...

I am wondering where we got the original image of the Virgin Mary, by which we know that a turtle shell, or stain, or jelly donut, or whatever looks like her.

Danielle said...

How neat (about the blessing of the pets). Our black pug, Shadow, is such a blessing to us. My childhood dog Queenie, well, I couldn't have made it through my childhood without her. I don't know the theology about animals and souls, but when I die, I hope that they both greet me.

read with open eyes said...

Christians from the U.S. are seldom accused of thinking small when it comes to their theologically suspect excesses, but maybe we are too narrow in our Christian Junk thinking. A friend of mine who is planting a church in South Carolina tells me that some of his Mexican American members witnessed a priest in Mexico bless a local field of marijuana in exchange for a generous contribution to the church. No word yet about whether he insisted on a cross or crucifix on the package when it was sold.

KP said...

Holy hemp!