When religion and spirituality meet, sometimes there’s smoke

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For some time now, my aunt has been telling me to sage my house - sage, meaning burn sage in a cleansing ritual to rid the rooms of negative energy. She's also talked to me before about balancing my chakra, too. When I was younger, I pooh-poohed that kind of thing, but as I've aged I've become more interested in the spirituality that I'd always been taught was ... well, bad. Wrong. Evil.But the last decade or so, I've begun to question a lot of things about organized religion -  not the f … [Read more...]

My dog Scout goes to live on God’s Farm in the Sky

Scout's last call for bubbles, Jan 6, 2012.

Writing about animals is going to be a little difficult this week. On Friday, our dog Scout shed his earthly dog self and put on his heavenly dog self and caught the angel train to God's Farm in the Sky.Last May, Scout was diagnosed with an aggressive form of canine lymphona, in his lymph nodes, his spleen and very likely in his digestive tract. At the time, the canine oncologist told us that without chemo Scout had at best 30 days, and though I asked, she said there was no other treatment … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: animal welfare and the church

"Still, there is a growing awareness that how we treat animals is a measure of our own humanity—that violence inflicted on animals is inexorably linked to human-against-human violence, that compassion is a big enough idea to encompass animals as well as humans." Christine Gutleben,  senior director of the Faith Outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States, in a piece about animal welfare and the church … [Read more...]

Humane Society of United States announces winner of hymn contest (video)

I love that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a faith outreach dedicated to engaging people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, recognizing that religious values call upon us all to act in a merciful way toward all creatures.And to launch that outreach, the HSUS held a contest and invited people to submit a video of themselves performing their interpretation of the hymn “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” by lyricist Pastor Carolyn Gillette. A … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought quote: The perfection of the lobster eye

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"Religious creationists cite the unique and ingenious construction of the lobster eye as evidence of an intelligent Designer; the surface of the square openings is as geometrically exact as graph paper, and the grazing angles inside each box must be mathematically perfect for the retinal cells to receive light. Scientists agree that this construction is ingenious, and they are using it as the blueprint for a new X-ray-vision space telescope called Lobster-ISS." Trevor Corson, author of "The … [Read more...]

Image of Jesus on dog’s butt God’s second appearance?

The latest image of Jesus on a dog's butt, currently making the rounds on Facebook.

Facebook, where old fads get a second life, has offered up a new photo: an image of Jesus on a dog's butt.The current photo making the rounds appears to be that of a pug or pug mix, shared by Reddit user Feature_Creature, with the title "It's a MIRACLE! Take that Jesus Toast. It shows what certainly looks like Jesus on the dog's rear end.  But is this an old story or another appearance of God on a dog?In 2006, Jessica White, a photgrapher and artist based in Los Angeles, allegedly sn … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought: quote from St. Francis of Assisi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of AssisiClick here to read more quotes about animals on the Heavenly Creatures blog. … [Read more...]


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