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I like dogs better than people, am I off base?

February 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fraternal Love

Dear Dan, I was telling a friend of mine the other day that I really prefer dogs to people. He told me that I needed to pray about this and that he thought it was a serious issue for me spiritually. His response really has me baffled. Still, since Lent has me a bit introspective, I thought I would take his challenge seriously. What do you think? Is this just a silly conversation that I am taking too seriously?

Dear Friend, just thinking about your conversation made me smile. In a strange twist of providence, I just happened to have read a lenten meditation written by a 19th century Jesuit priest. Before I offer his response, I must publicly affirm that I do believe dogs will be in heaven. Here’s what Fr. Gallwey has to say:

“Some profess to have much love for our Lord, but a strong dislike for men. We hear them say that dogs and horses are much more loveable than Christians. Against such thoughts we must have ready the words of St. John who so well understood all about love: ‘He that loveth not his brother whom he seeth, how can he love God Whom he seeth not?’ (1 John iv) The love of God and love for men must both come down from heaven; and the ordinary rule is, that it is by loving men that we grow in love for God.

Again, some who profess to love our Lord are very kind to one priest, to one church, to one nun, or to a very small select party of lay people, but cold and indifferent, if not harsh, to those outside of this narrow pale. One whose heart is becoming more like the heart of our Savior will, on the contrary, say: ‘I am partner (O Lord) with all them that fear Thee and keep Thy commandments.’ (Psalm cxviii) St. Paul’s heart became much like to our Lord’s; he therefore could weep with all who wept, and rejoice with those in joy. ‘Who is weak that I am not weak? Who is scandalized that I am not on fire?’ (2 Cor xi)”

He then offers this prayer:

Make us, loving Heart of Jesus, love Thee, and for Thy sake all whom Thou lovest. Grant us some share of Thy true and wide-reaching love, that we may be able to say humbly and in all simplicity, ‘All thy friends, O Lord, are my friends.’

May you find a love for your humans that far surpasses your love for your dogs, and thereby, may you find a deeper love for God, and then find your home in heaven with all of them.

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  • Melissa

    Dan, Bravo for a warm, loving and kind response!! I have two labs, so I am a big dog lover myself. But through God’s grace (and only through his grace, because I certainly couldn’t do it on my own) I have come to learn to love and accept people as they are. I’ll admit this is a struggle (especially to love our families!) that I have to work on daily. But I have found that God loves me just the way I am – broken and sinful. And when I accepted my brokeness and truly believed God has forgiven me for my sins, then I was able to accept and forgive those around me. A strong prayer practice and spiritual advisor have helped tremendously in this area. I would also recommend two books: Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved”,  and  Father Gregory Boyle’s “Tattoos on the Heart”. We are made to love God, and God tells us to love our brothers and sisters. I hope the person who posed this question will come to love people as much as he loves dogs, because we are truly God’s presence here on Earth.

  • Joanna

    I think I can understand how this reader feels.  I too often feel that I love my dog … and cats… more than most people! People can be cruel whereas dogs are not.  However, for the love of Christ I also understand we have to be open to others, even if sometimes they can be cruel.  This is not to say however, that we should not be cautious, an discerning, concurrently being as innocent as a dove, but as wise as a serpent.  Perhaps this will make this reader feel ‘safer’ in trying to trust people.  

  • Anthony

    I think we love humans but like dogs.We sometimes dislike the behaviour of humans but we still love them in Christ.Dogs have no soul so I  dont know whether they go to Heaven or not.

    • Julie

      We must love our God more than we love our dog! If not we will be worshiping our Dog in place of our god! 
      (A little play on words for the dislexic among us!)
      But seriously, I have noticed that some people, if they fail to admit that they do love their dog more than other people, (and there are so many people who make that very apparent ), they end up seeming to almost worship their dog and almost despising their fellow man, and thus put God in a lower place. I could give many examples of that, which I have witnessed, but I won’t here. However, some people are just genuinely lonely, and are in need of a human friend, and haven’t discovered that God wants to be their best friend!

  • Jolanta

    Good explanation and respose to the question. God bless!

  • Genny

    Thanks for affirming your belief that dogs will be heaven. I have often prayed to Jesus to let me see my pet again if it was His will. I think He just answered me through you.

  • Lee Anne

    I think if you really meditate on it you may find that the love you have for dogs is different than for people. Dogs love us unconditionally regardless of what we do  or say.  People are more complicated and we bring the baggage of how people loved us (yet acted unlovingly) with us.   It is really hard sometimes. People who are supposed to love us the most (our parents or sibling or peers) may have done things that are so heinous that our view of love becomes warped. It may take time and much prayer to learn what love should be.  It may even help to go through therapy to reconcile what happened to us.  We can try to love people the way our dogs love us, love that person regardless of who they are or what they do. We are here in part to learn to love that way and it is a process. 

  • timesoftrouble

    Thank you for your courage in asking this question! The same concerns have troubled me about myself. I have thought about it deeply and asked the Lord for insight and help to love others as he loves. I have a little theory about why people gravitate toward animal love rather than human love in our culture…And I think inordinate animal love is a particular characteristic of our materialistic western culture. Frankly, I believe it may just be a default measure for those who thirst for human love, having experienced little of it, or those who are deeply wounded in life by other people and have closed hearts due to fear. 

    Could it be that love has waned so much in a material-driven culture that those who are thirsting for love turn to pets to meet that deep desire for human unconditional love, affection, communication, and affirmation?  Dogs do offer the human being wonderful consolation…don’t get me wrong, I think pets are very therapeutic for the human psyche. And absolutely, I agree with you Dan about our beloved pets in heaven, because it would not be heaven for me without them.
    However, what we receive from a dog is only a shadow of what we should experience in giving and receiving with fellow human beings. If we do not feel love for others and know that in our heart of hearts we prefer dogs… we must be honest with the Lord about this. He so loves our transparency in confessing our shortcomings and needs. If we do not know it already, we must ask him to reveal to us the root of our stony hearts toward our fellow human beings. I know what my root is. I was raised by a mother who was quite indifferent and offered her children very little love, affection, and affirmation. Her love was highly conditional on the perfection of her children that would never be.  I thirsted for a mother’s love and sensed indifference, she rejected mine. Having said that, I do not blame my mother for my problem. She also did not experience the warmth of human love and affection in her upbringing.This is my journey that the Lord has ordained for me and learning to love is my spiritual project. That being said….isn’t it everyone’s? My prayer is very simple…Lord, I want to love, help me to love as you love, to see my brothers and sisters as you see them. Remove my stony heart and give me a heart of flesh.
    I will give you a new heart and put a
    new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a
    heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26-27

    • Jobrower

       …beautiful meditation…do you have a blog? 

      • danburke

        Thanks. You are reading my blog. Do you mean to ask if I have a dog?

        • Jobrower

           Oh no….I am sorry…I am new here and liked what you wrote.  I did not realize it was you who responded to the original question.   BTW, I have a dog. 

          • danburke

            :-)

          • danburke

            No problem. My vanity led me to believe you were asking me the question rather than the first responder. I don’t have a dog.

    • Che

      “This is my journey that the Lord has ordained for me and learning to love is my spiritual project.”  TOT, thank you for putting this into prospective for me. It’s going to be a blessing and a help.

    • Becky313

      I think you’re right on target with the fact that animals give us the unconditional love we need so badly, and yet have such difficulty finding in our world today!

      It is good that you see the potential difficulties in taking this too far!

      My horse and dog were what got me through my teenage years.  I could pour out my heart to them, and they never told anybody else!

      Blessings……..

  • Jkleprechaun

    I am not just a dog lover but love all animals, regardless.  I feel that God puts animals in our life to reflect a part of His love for us…that unconditional, accepting Love of the Creator!  I remember one of my Nuns in school telling us that animals offer the most perfect praise to God because they live out their lives in the way He intended.  I could not agree more with her.  I know beyond all doubt that my pets await my arrival and knowing that, I am at peace about them…and it’s Scriptural!

  • Bakersnine

    Father Dan, I would love to hear your reasons for believing that there will be dogs in Heaven. I have heard this from others, and it’s a new concept to me. Dogs can not choose to accept or reject God, so on what basis would they be in Heaven? I would love to hear your ideas!

    • danburke

      Well, though I consider it a compliment, my wife is very happy that I am not a priest. Simply put, dogs are not in heaven because of any silly notion about souls etc. They are created by God, and therefore good. Heaven is a place of good where we will find all good things, particularly those that bring us joy. Of course, being perfected, they will also need no cleanup! :-) Of created things, what can be better than a perfectly obedient and affectionate dog that requires no maintenance?

      • Dovetwo

        Amen, Dan.  I have always felt that any of God’s creatures that can bring us love and allow us to love them can continue on as do we.  God is Love and Love never dies.

      • Melissa

        My husband will be happy to hear this because although we love our labs one of them tends to whine to go in and out all day and can really try his patience! So if she doesn’t whine (or bark!) that truly would be heaven!  :)  Their names are Hope and Faith.

      • 123syzygy

        We know there are trees in heaven (for the healing of the nations.)  And we know the lion shall lie down with the lamb.  And the child can put his hand in the adder’s nest.  Now why would lions and lambs and trees and adders be in heaven and not dogs?  We have no evidence that God discriminates against dogs.  Moreover, Jesus seemed to enjoy the reply that even the dogs eat the crumbs from the Master’s table.  Of course we accept all that the Church teaches, including that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard.”  We have to accept that NOBODY knows…including those who say dogs aren’t there….sounds to me like permission to look forward….

  • Byar260

    Not to throw a wet blanket on the subject but maybe this will. I have often heard people claim that their pets will be waiting for them in heaven (we love them and are on our eighth and ninth dog) but…… isn’t it our soul that goes to heaven (and gets a new body) otherwise if our bodies went to heaven those that are burned up in fires or cremation, and the incorruptables will never make it to heaven. And the last I heard animals do not have souls so how could they end up in heaven. They certainly emulate God here on earth with their unconditional love and their ability to forgive (70 x 7) however, I do not think that they will be in heaven. Enjoy them while you can and keep the memories.

    • timesoftrouble

       Scripture tells us that God will raise all of creation.
      Animals do not have souls as humanity, made in God’s image. But God did create them and sustains them with the breath of his spirit. I loved the way Pope John Paul II explained it in his audience of Jan 7, 1990
      He said:

      Sacred
      Scripture gives us to understand that God has intervened by means of his breath
      or spirit to make man a living being. In man there is a “breath of life”, which
      comes from the “breathing” of God himself. In man there is a breath or spirit
      similar to the breath or spirit of God. When the book of Genesis speaks in
      chapter two of the creation of animals, (v.19) it does not hint at such a close
      relationship with the breath of God. We read from the previous chapter that man
      was created “in the image and likeness of God”.(1:26-27)  Other texts, however, admit that animals also have a vital breath or
      wind and that they received
      it from God. Under this aspect man, coming forth
      from the hands of God, appears in solidarity with all living beings. Thus Psalm
      104 makes no distinction between men and animals when it says, addressing God
      the Creator: “These all look to you, to give them their food in due season.
      When you give to them, they gather it up” (v.v.27-28). The Psalmist adds: “When
      you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send
      forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the
      earth”(vv.29-30). The creatures’ existence therefore depends on the action of the
      breath-spirit of God, who not only creates but also conserves and continually
      renews the face of the earth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3SQ6RNRBDVV4CTWN7676JSI7LA whateverman13

    Since humans are made to desire the number one thing, God, it makes sense that the second thing we desire to love is humans. The reason is that humans are made in God’s image and likeness. So if you want your desire, which is happiness, to be fulfilled, love God and humans in that order of priority. 

    None of the lower creatures below humans, i.e. animals, cannot love us, since they do not have God’s image and likeness. Thus, animals do not have the capability to love. I believe people prefer animals over humans because people can control animals. Even a parent who has stewardship and authority over their child has far less control over that child than to an adult animal. Since humans have free will, we must respect it. 

    Life is a risk and there is no greater risk then love. We like to be control over our lives especially in love to reduce that risk as much as possible. But as soon you try to get in complete control over your lives, especially the people that is in it, you are limiting yourselves of the possibility of the inexhaustible love. Let God be in control and participate in his Divine Providence and love will be bountiful. Animals may imitate behaviors that we as human associate with love, but they cannot actually love. We have to take a risk with people and their love in order to grow. 

    If you cannot find people who are loving, we must be like God from the grace we receive from our baptism. ArchBishop Fulton Sheen said “Agape is the love Christ showed for us by becoming man and dying for our sins. It is loving when we’re not loved; it is loving the unlovable. We practice agape by putting love in people in whom we do not find love. This is not human love but is inspired by the tremendous love God has for us.”

    Aquinas has told us how God love and how human love. Humans love by the desire of the good. God does not desire, if He did he would not be God, but God loves by creating or putting love into beings (i.e. created beings). Just like what Sheen if you are unable to find love in people, you must be like God and put love in them to make them lovable. “Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all” said G.K. Chesterton. The two greatest commandments that Christ gave us is to love God with all our heart and to love thy neighbor as ourselves. No love for animals in that quote. 

    • Sojrnr

       I think your point well taken but it may be slightly off the mark. Love is, as St. Thomas said, an act of the will. Love is “willing the good of the other as other.”

      It seems to me that a persons love of an animal, while nowhere near love for another person or especially love of God, is still real enough to leave room for pets in Heaven. The pet owner does desire the good of his pet so, in a sense,does love his pet. I agree that animals cannot love back, though, which very greatly limits the concept of love in this context. We do know that God’s love for us infinitely exceeds His love for lesser things. He cdes not “desire the good” of animals as He desires the good of us for exactly the reason you offer–animals do know have the divine image.

      Still while God’s love alone  completes us,  this does not limit our love for others. If it did then Jesus’  second commandment to love our neighbor would make no sense.

      So there is room for the pet owner to love his pet–desire its good–but he cannot love an animal as he does another person.

      Maritain said that other persons are ineffable, i.e., so deep that we can never exhaust the richness of the other. If ineffable the key characteristic (a hopelessly inadequate term) of love is the desire to know the beloved more and more and more.

      But a dog is not ineffable. A dog is quickly “known” because it is finite and anything finite is fully knowable-at least potentially. Consequently love of animals cannot be compared to love of persons. I can certainly will my pets good but I cannot love it as I love another person.

      This is where I agree with Lee Anne that animals may “recognize” their owners, but it will be because the owner treated them well and not because the dog loves them.

      There will be an objection that “my dog does love me because…” But our emotional reaction to the dogs attachment, which is born of the instinct to obey the persons who care for them, is not love. A dog is not free in any meaningful sense. A dog does not will, which requires intellect which informs the will. Intellect is the source of thought and knowledge which provides the “information” necessary to choose what is good. Dogs have no intellect, therefore no will, hence cannot love as we love.

      Finally, emotional attachment is not in and of itself love. Love may trigger an emotional response which, if properly ordered, serves to help confirm that one loves, but it is not love.

      I

  • Sharksuit

    We just might find dogs in Heavin. Hardcore Dogophiles whom hold no love for fellow man, maybe not!

    • timesoftrouble

      dogophiles? ha ha ha ha …that is really funny…thanks for my chuckle of the day.

  • Sojrnr

    Its sad in a way that so many people in nursing homes must turn to a dog or cat for friendship. I agree that dogs are great and I think often of my childhood basset hound “Deputy Dog.” But I wonder if pets in nursing home aren’t a substitute for the human companionship missing in the lives of the elderly, sick, disabled, home bound, all those who are alone.

    I would encourage everyone to seek out the lonely, wherever they may be, because visiting and getting to know them is a great way to defeat our own loneliness and need for the love of other persons.

    Keep the dog and love the dog, but seek out others who are in such great need of friendship and I think you’ll find that love of dogs is soon put in perspective.

    • Melissa

      I work at a non-profit, volunteer hospice, and what you said about people in nusing homes, the elderly, sick, disabled, home bound is so true. What a wonderful suggestion about seeking others in need – God smiles when we are able to!

      • Sojrnr

        Many friendships have bloomed from my visiting and taking communion to a local assisted care/nursing facility. The surprising thing for me is that I get more out of this than I can possibly give. For one thing, I now have several friends who are always there to pray the Rosary with me. I pray alone, of course, but when I would like to be among the “two or three who gather in His name” I have many friends who also seek the companionship that comes of friendship–agape! It is true that when we love we receive love back a thousand fold. This is the true lesson of Love.

  • Lee Anne

    Funny after I commented I was reading today’s reading as I was Lector today. Here is a snippet of today’s reading from Genesis:

     ‘I am now establishing my covenant with you and with your descendants to come, and with every living creature that was with you:
    birds, cattle and every wild animal with you; everything that came out
    of the ark, every living thing on earth.

    If the Lord establishes a covenant with us AND the animals then I think its safe to say we will see them again in heaven.

    Also, just from personal experience I would say that animals DO love one another and us.

  • mspencer

       I am quite surprised that one of the articles here affirms that dogs are in heaven. It is all-right as far as I am concerned if someone believes this, but not to affirm this on a site called “Catholic Spiritual Direction,” In no place is this taught in official Catholic teaching. This makes me wonder if other quirky views that do not belong to Catholic teaching are proposed in some of the articles here.

    • danburke

      Oh yes – quirky everywhere and obviously untrustworthy. You have found out the truth about us… we have a sense of humor… You might want to actually read the post ;-)

  • nak

    I have been in counseling for 20 months trying to increase the intimacy in my marriage and other relationships including mine with our dear Lord. Let me tell you loving my golden retriever and letting him love me back is much easier than loving others. But I figure that God is not calling me to love my dog when he says love one another. Loving the dog is not making me get outside of myself to truely love the people He put in my life. The dog is easy to love, and Jesus calls me to take up my cross and love, even when it is really really really really hard.

  • nak

    I heard a priest say once that Heaven is a place where all your needs will be met and you will not be left wanting,
    therefore if you need your pet in heaven you will have your pet in heaven.  A consolation.

  • Jack g

    Hi, everyone. After reading all of the 32 comments on this post, I could not help but comment myself, too. I had and still have dogs and pets in my life, and think that they are a great addition to our life, but that is about it. I believe that someday after resurrection we will be living on new earth in a completely unimaginable to us way, and creatures probably will be there for us to enjoy, too. That is how it supposed to be from the beginning.
    In my opinion there is nothing wrong with believing that dogs will be in heaven, as long that we believe and do what God made us for, which is love Him and the neighbor first. Having said that I have to say that we have a lifetime to grow in love and it is not always easy to love thy neighbor as oneself. I struggle with it on daily basis and like some of you said here, it is sometimes hardest to love people around us. I believe it is due to all the emotions we have towards another close person to us. It is sometimes easier to love the poor and help them than to extend a loving hand towards a family member who hurt us. In all that there is God’s Providence giving us constantly a chance to grow in love at some point of our lifetime. God is in possession of all the genius and allows us to experience such situations in life that will demand from us sacrifice in order to grow in love and become more loving toward others around us and all sinners. 
    I experience it many times in prayer when the Spirit leads me to pray for sinners dying at this moment, or all God’s children in general.  I find prayer for those who hurt in a big or a small way very helpful and it is hard to dwell on the hurt and hate when you pray for them.
    As far as Heaven is concerned, we are all free to believe and dream whatever is not against the teaching of the Church, and there was enough evidence in the comments here including Scripture and JPII, quote, that to me dogs might as well be found in heaven. We will never be able to see what is unimaginable and to dream what we cannot conceive, so good luck with that. Even St. Paul did not attempt to describe heaven when he got a glimpse of it. 
    On the other hand I am not sure if we will need dogs in Heaven when we will be able to fully experience God’s love. It will probably become irrelevant if dogs are there or not. I tell my daughter that our dogs will be there if she wants to believe it, and I have a book explaining this issue, too. I need to find it and read it now, all based on Scripture.
    May God Bless you all, with the love of Jesus, jack g.

  • Sojrnr

    Regarding animals in Heaven, Thomas Aquinas contended that there would be no animals in the life to come. Peter Kreeft said that this was one thing about which he disagreed with Aquinas. I’m on Kreefts side. I once told my three daughters that there were no animals in heaven, relying on Thomas’ argument that since animals did not possess eternal souls they would perish completely upon death. This does seem a bit extreme and I have reconciled with my kids!

    Animals are individual in a certain sense though not as persons. I’d have to reflect a bit more to attempt an explanation of animal individuality, but I would contend that a pet owner would generally be able to call his pet individually out of a pack.

    However, there is, I think, a problem with this: the larger the pack the harder it will be to pick an individual animal out–even a beloved pet. For people this would never be a problem since we can always recognize family, friends, etc., although we might need a name or context with some we know less than others. I think maybe this is because each person is an individual in himself or herself and we supply nothing o their personal being. Perhaps with pets things are different–we supply much of there individual characteristics so the more they are “packed” together the less they are individually recognizable?????

    • Lee Anne

      Penguins can find their families after being gone for months, bats can find their babies when they come home. Sheep recognize their young after a four year absence. I KNOW my pets (even my iguana) will find ME when I arrive in heaven.

      • Sojrnr

         You make an excellent point that had not occurred to me. Thanks. You are certainly correct about pets finding their owners. When I was a kid my folks had reason to try to give our dog away. Try is right! Although the dog was given to some folks who lived in the Bridger Mtns here in Montana, some 10 miles away, a couple mornings later while he was on his paper route my brother turned around and there was Deputy dutifully following behind. Mom and Dad decided to keep him!

  • Sojrnr

    Maybe I should just say never use cold philosophical arguments when it comes to your kids feelings!

    • danburke

      Yes – warm philosophical arguments are much better. Truth and love.

      • Sojrnr

        True although St. Thomas could be awfully warm, e.g. Tantum Ergo, a very warm and loving hymn if you reflect on it! Subject: [rcspiritualdirection] Re: I like dogs better than people, am I off base?

        • danburke

          You and I am on the exact same page. “Cold” is not synonymous with “philosophical” – Tantum Ergo indeed.

      • Sojrnr

        There are a lot of reasons to boycott Pepsi but this is perhaps the biggest. It also adds to the endless list of why Obama must go.
        Mike

  • Marguerite

    Funny thing is, there is no proclamation by the Church or any other document that supports animals going to Heaven, unless you adhere to the dogmatic movie, All Dogs Go to Heaven. Stop pedaling error.  Only humans have eternal souls, animals’ “souls” die when they die.  Do I believe that some animals deserve Heaven more than humans, you betcha.  Still, Christ never said he died for animals on the cross. 

    • danburke

      Dear Friend: At whom are you aiming your rebuke? Maybe I missed it but I don’t recall anyone claiming Church authority or even implying it…

  • poetcomic1

    On the other hand a dog can ‘take’ YOU to heaven, so to speak.  I’m thinking of those who donate their time taking loving dogs to nursing homes and hospices to bring a smile to the loneliest and most frightened up humankind.

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  • Sojrnr

    Dan:

    Re Philosophy. I think nothing excites the mind as much as wonder and philosophy is the science of wonder–well except reductionism which takes all the fun out of life.

     People think philosophy difficult or abstract because they have bad teachers. A good teacher can make the subject come alive. Peter Kreeft, who I wish had been my professor, is extraordinarily good. His students must relish their hours in the classroom with him. 

  • Leboeufeugene

    The Creation Story Gen 1:24ff – Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small” So God made them all,and He was pleased with  what He saw.

  • Patti Day

    Dog is God spelled backwards. God gave us dominion over the creatures of the earth. I believe he meant for us to love them, feed them, care for them, and treat them with dignity. Lord grant that I might care for my fellow man at least as much.   

  • lroy77

    So, I prefer the company of females approx my age (not a lesbian) then men, but I am a cat person and I prefer my felines than either. If only humans had fur and purr this would be a much happier world.

  • judeen

     a dog love us unconditionally , mostly… we need to give little back.. they except us for who we are… and will demand us to pet them and love them and even our 1 dog would stand between the kids when they fought and bark at each one to stop fighting.
         she also would go to the corner of the room and stand at attention then beautiful perfumn would fill the room.. or go to a cornor and growl with hair raised on her back then stink would fill the room… they have not sinned and so they can see the spiritual world… many have said this… as their eyes watch what is above us moving that we can not see..
           people need to love unconditionally.. love as Jesus loved. those who say the love God but not their neighbor are a liers..-gosples – Jesus said this..

  • Brendan

    If as I have you’ve owned or had many dogs in your family, there will always be one that stands out as close to perfection in terms of loyalty, mischief and fun character . Some years ago, I was some what spitefully put on psychiatric medication. As it happened I was doing a responsible job (a cop) at the time. These drugs soon had me hooked and on one occasion whilst I was out walking my dog across  fields, I could neither remember who I was or where I was going. It seemed that my dog sensed this and I literally followed him home. I think that if the priesthood and calibre of spiritual direction could be of suchlike quality, the church would command more affection.