Category Archives: God

Animals show gratitude to their rescuers

The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans.

Only human beings have the remarkably perverse aptitude of not just being ungrateful for an act of kindness, some actually turn on you for having helped them.

I still remember a foreign student I had helped — a young woman from Ethiopia for whom I bought a pair of prescription eyeglasses after I discovered the reason she always sat in the front row was because she was near-sighted. That afternoon, I took her to Wal-Mart, paid for her eye examination and glasses.

At the end of the semester, she accused me of racism because I gave her final take-home essay, which was replete with grammatical errors, a “B” grade (which was generous) instead of the “A” she felt she deserved.

Unlike humans, animals are grateful for our kindness, and they remember.

Here are three examples.

(1) A young bull dances for joy after being released from a narrow cage.

When he was transported to a large pen filled with straw, he dances for joy again, then touches his rescuer with his head in gratitude.


(2) Richard Wiese found a swan who was injured from flying into a chain-link fence.

So Wiese brought the swan to a sanctuary for treatment.

Years later, Wiese and the swan saw each other again. The swan had not forgotten, and wrapped her long neck around Wiese’s.

(3) GiGi, a great horned owl severely injured from being hit by a car, was nursed back to health by Doug Pojeky, president of Mississippi’s Wild at Heart Rescue.

When Pojeky returned from a trip to Michigan, GiGi showed how much she’d missed him. The owl bobbed her head, danced on Pojeky’s arm, then slowly walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and draped her wings around him in a big owl hug.

~Eowyn

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Wanna know who stops to smell the flowers?

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h/t Laura

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Monday Funnies: Dog-tired

I made the mistake of watching PBS’ Dark Angel last night — a distasteful dramatization of a psychopath named Mary Ann Cotton, who historians believe to be Britain’s first female serial killer.

So I can really use this mind-cleanser — a reminder that there is still innocence in the world . . . .

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: ‘unclean spirits came out of many possessed people’

Acts 8:5-8

Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Exorcists often say real cases of demonic possession are rare, but the above passage from the Acts of the Apostles says otherwise.

As an example, Catholic News Service reports on Feb. 17, 2005 that:

“Two Italian exorcists preparing priests and seminarians to respond to reports of demonic possession have affirmed that the devil is real and can possess people, but it does not happen as often as many people think.”

The late Gabriele Amorth, Vatican’s chief exorcist who passed last September 16 at age 91, said again and again in his writings and interviews that while demonic possession is on the rise across the world because “Today Satan rules the world” and “The masses no longer believe in God,” real cases of possession nevertheless are rare.

But Fr. Amorth emphasized that demonic attacks come in forms other than demonic possession — the full possession by a demon or demons of a human’s body, not the soul. There are five other types of demonic attacks:

  1. External physical pain caused by Satan: Demonic activity that manifests as physical pain, such as the physical beatings and torment demons inflicted on some saints, e.g., St. John of the Cross and St. (Padre) Pio.
  2. Diabolical oppression: Severe to mild events that plague the individual where “There is no possession, loss of consciousness, or involuntary action and word.” Some examples are Job’s severe afflictions and St. Paul’s thorn in his flesh (II Cor 12:7).
  3. Diabolic obsession: “Symptoms include sudden attacks, at times ongoing, of obsessive thoughts, sometimes even rationally absurd, but of such nature that the victim is unable to free himself.” Moreover, “the obsessed person lives in a perpetual state of prostration, desperation, and attempts at suicide. Almost always obsession influences dreams.”
  4. Diabolic infestation: “Infestations affect houses, things, or animals.”
  5. Diabolical subjugation or dependence: This is the classic Faustian bargain or pact with the Devil. In Fr. Amorth’s words, “people fall into this form of evil when thy voluntarily submit to Satan. The two most common forms of dependence are the blood pact with the devil and the consecration to Satan.” Fr. Malachi Martin called this total or perfect possession. Since the human, with full consent and assent, voluntarily invites in the demon(s), we would not expect the totally possessed person to seek an exorcist. In other words, the cases of demonic possession that come to the attention of exorcists are only of the partial or incomplete variety, which is a frightening thought.

So what’s the antidote?

Jesus Christ.

Forever and always.

John 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

Love the Lord thy God fiercely — with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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‘Humanity’ in animals

We humans like to think of ourselves as “like gods” who are superior to the real God’s other creations. We use the word “animal” as an insult, calling the most depraved among us “animals” when it is we “enlightened” humans who consciously and willfully lie, steal, insult, hurt, scheme, plot, plunder, and murder for profit or pleasure. Then to top it off, we use the intelligence that God gives us to justify our deeds with elaborate rationalization.

Saint Bonaventure called animals “creatures without sin” for, unlike humans, they are not born with “the mark” — fomes peccati, tinder for sin.

Saint Francis saw the “humanity” in non-human creatures. He talked to birds and animals, and even preached to them.

Take a look at these pictures. Do you not see their “humanity”? — of intelligence, loving “tolerance” of another species, parental love, unspoken friendship, and quiet companionship . . . .

And then there is their sheer, breathtaking beauty, which no human can match:

Did you know that animals have empathy? — that attribute on which human morality is founded (“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” -Matthew 7:12), but which human narcissists and psychopaths lack. See:

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Stray dog waits for kind stewardess every day outside her hotel

Sometimes, when we think we’re adopting an animal, it’s actually the animal who chooses us.

That’s what happened to Olivia Sievers, a German flight attendant.

In January 2016, during one of her frequent flights to Argentina, she noticed a stray dog on the mean streets of Buenos Aires.

Sievers showed the dog some affection and fed him. She recalls, “I was walking around very early in the morning, we played and I had some dog food. He was really happy that someone gave him attention.”

The dog followed her to her hotel, and waited outside the hotel every day.

Every time Sievers returned to Buenos Aires, the dog was there outside the hotel waiting for her.

Sievers told Noticiero Trece, “I tried to change my route as I didn’t want him to follow me to the hotel, but it was not possible, he always followed me. So I tried [to wait] one hour but he always watched me and followed me.’

By this time, Sievers had named the homeless dog Rubio.

This went on for six months.

Sievers even found a home in Buenos Aires for Rubio, but he escaped and returned to the hotel to wait for her.

By that time, Sievers had fallen in love with the dog and did the only thing she could — she adopted Rubio.

On August 5, 2016, Rubio and Sievers left Buenos Aires for Germany.

Sievers said that after they landed in Frankfurt, “Rubio was perfectly treated at Lufthansa Animal Lounge” while he waited for his paperwork.

On her Facebook page, Sievers has continued to keep fans of Rubio updated with his progress. Photos show him visiting a lake, going for walks with her other dogs, and loving life in his new forever home.

H/t Daily Mail; PawmyGosh; and maziel

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: The Chosen People

1 Peter 2:9

You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people of his own,
so that you may announce the praises” of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

So many Christians give their uncritical, absolute support to Jews, no matter their acts and character, in the peculiar and mistaken belief that Jews are still God’s chosen people. In so doing, these Christians not only ignore Jesus’ own words at the Last Supper, they render moot and purposeless our Lord’s sacrifice of Himself for humanity:

Luke 22:14-15, 19-20

When the hour came,
he took his place at the table,
and the apostles with him.
He said to them, “I have eagerly desired
to eat this Passover with you before I suffer….”
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
And he did the same with the cup after supper saying,
“This cup that is poured out for you
is the new covenant in my Blood.”

As St. Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews 9:15, makes clear about Jesus’ mission:

He is mediator of a new covenant.

And:

Hebrews 8:13

In speaking of a new covenant,
He makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old
is ready to vanish away.

Indeed, 1 Peter 2:4-5 is explicit on who “the chosen race” are with whom Jesus has made a new covenant — they are those who believe in and follow Him:

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings
but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
and, like living stones,
let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Finally and definitively, Christ Himself is unambiguous about the identity of those with whom He has made a new covenant:

John 14:5-6, 9

Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him,
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me….
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

The new chosen people with whom God has made a new covenant is different from the old chosen people whose covenant is obsolete — dated, bygone, dead and gone.

The new chosen people are not a race or a particular ethnicity, but comprise people from all races who are not so much chosen as choose. Nor are the new chosen people special or superior; the “chosen people” is not a narcissistic, self-glorifying label. In Christ’s own words, they are “whoever believes in me,” “do the works that I do,” who love Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:12, 15), and who “deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn