Man’s dominion over living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.” “Animals are God’s creatures. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like Saint Francis of Assisi or Saint Philip Neri treated animals (# 2415-16).” My daughter hustled off to look up Philip Neri, whom she had never heard of. Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. She is helping to raise the quality of life for her neighbors and respecting the integrity of creation by actively aiding these dogs kindly and gently and connecting people with prospective pets.
“Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another. She is using her gifts and talents in all her human dignity. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was (Matthew -40), He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” And then, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We do love God and His love moves us to action.
Allies of convenience are sometimes addicted to nail pliers and electric needles.
I was sorry I had dragged my feet in scheduling time there. But I have learned to see the goodness that pets bring to lives, both in terms of practical responsibilities that parents relish in child raising, and in terms of existential connections that humans cherish in creation. I was surprised at the peaceful delight in my soul after our hours at the shelter.
I cannot yell at our dogs because one of them gets nervous and tinkles on the floor. I felt close to my daughter, my community, and my Lord. ) were friendly and appreciative and that we were able to actually aid an adoption our first day. Stimulated by our excellent conversation and experience at the shelter, I poured through our catechism for support and theology.
Allison and her husband, a former pentecostal pastor, were received into the Church in 2004.
She keeps a blog about their Catholic, homeschooling, Alaskan life with kids with cystic fibrosis at
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