Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


The Christ-like love of our pets

And if thy heart be straight with God,
then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life
and a book of doctrine,
for there is no creature so little or so vile,
but that shows and represents the goodness of God.
—St. Thomas à Kempis
Victoria holding GabrielYesterday we held the Blessing of the Animals service at the Camden County Humane Society. It is a time for honoring the pets who are so much a part of our lives as we remember that God loves all creation and not just us humans. And why not, the love our pets show is often so much more Christ like than the love we show one another. Click on either of the photos to see more pictures from the event.

One item in the archives is sad to mention, but such a good resource that it should be referenced here. We have a liturgy for a Pet Funeral that anyone can do on their own. It is so difficult to say good bye to those we love, and it is no different with our pets. This simple service is a meaningful way to make God a part of buring a beloved pet:

The reason why God’s servants
love his creatures so deeply
is that they realize how deeply Christ loves them.
And this is the very character of love
to love what is loved by those we love.
—St. Catherine of Siena


  • At 10/10/2005 8:21 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Few people are able to love other people as our pets love us. Pets love you no matter what. They don't care if you are rich, beautiful, or popular. They just love you for who you are.
    Several years ago someone made the statement in my presence that our pets probably would not be in heaven. I ran straight to my authority on all such things... my daddy. He reply? "How could it be heaven without our pets?" That has always been good enough for me. Pure love usually has four legs.


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