Category Archives: God’s creation

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



‘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


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


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.


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,


Bear cub honks horn after locking himself in car

A bear cub in Roanoke County, VA, somehow opened the door of a car by pulling the door handle, got in the car, then couldn’t get out.

So the cub did the sensible thing: he honked the car horn. LOL

WDBJ7 reports that on the morning of May 10, 2017, Ryan and Mary Beth McClanahan were in their  home near Green Hill Park when they heard a honk on their car horn.

The McClanahans went out and discovered a bear cub was inside their SUV, honking.

Picture taken by Ryan McClanahan of bear cub sitting in front seat of SUV

They called the police.

Officers say that while the cub caused some damage to the inside of the vehicle, the car’s window was not broken, which meant the bear got into the unlocked car by pulling on the door handle.

Roanoke County Police Officer Chris Thayer said, “You could see there was mist. It was misty, so you could see where he tried to reach for the handle, he opened the handle. Once he got into the car, he locked himself because he couldn’t get himself out.”

Officer Thayer eventually took a chance and cracked open one of the rear doors of the SUV. The cub immediately got out and ran off into the woods.

The officer says the bear was likely looking for snacks in the car.


Utterly fearless cats

I had no idea cats are this fearless.

Watch as 29 fearless cats take on deadly snakes and creatures many times bigger, including alligators, bobcats, and bears.

Several times while watching the video, I found myself saying to the cats, “Be careful!”​


Eye of the Eagle: Watch Darshan the eagle spot his trainer from more than half a mile away

On March 14, 2015, a white-tailed eagle named Darshan set a new world record for the highest-recorded bird flight.

Darshan flew from the tallest man-made structure in the world — the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which is 2,722 feet or 0.52 mile high.

But that isn’t the only thing that’s amazing about Darshan.

The eagle’s eyes are so sharp that, from more than half a mile above, Darshan was able to spot his trainer on the ground below.

Thanks to a tiny Sony Action camera attached to Darshan’s back, we have literally a bird’s eye view of what happened.

Watch as Darshan is released from atop the Burj Khalifa. (I recommend you watch on full screen.)

For more than a minute, the eagle hovers in the air scanning the ground below….

Then, at the 1:40 mark in the video below, Darshan spots his trainer — falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers — and swoops down to land on Travers’ gloved hand.

Here’s a longer video:

From NBC News:

The flight was organized by the Freedom Conservation group to raise awareness for endangered birds of prey and encourage conservation; in the past, the group has recorded eagles taking off from landmarks across Europe, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“We know that people love these types of videos. It’s a great way for us to attract the public’s attention to endangered animals and to the fact that humans need to learn how to share their space with these animals,” Freedom Conservation Director Ronald Menzel told NBC News.

Menzel’s adventures with birds caught the attention of the Crown Prince of Dubai, who invited the French conservationist to Dubai to bring attention to the need to protect wildlife in urban areas. Menzel told NBC News that over the course of four months, they worked with the prince’s technology team and Sony to get the camera and transmitter on Darshan’s back.

The white-tailed eagle was trained by falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers, who has pioneered techniques to reintroduce endangered eagles to the wild, including paragliding, skiing and kayaking with the birds to teach them survival skills. Travers, who runs a park with about 150 birds of prey in Haute Savoie, France, founded the Freedom Conservation group in 2006.

Darshan is a white-tailed eagle.

The white-tailed eagle, aka eagle of the rain or sea grey eagle, is a close cousin of the American bald eagle, found in Eurasia, near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The white-tailed eagle is a very large bird of prey, measuring 26-37 in. in length, with a wingspan of 5.8-8 ft., the largest of any eagle. The average life-span is 21 years; some white-tailed eagles have been found to live over 25 years.

White-tailed eagles pair for life.

Nearly extinct, successful efforts have been made to reintroduce the white-tailed eagle to parts of Europe, including Scotland and Ireland.

H/t GiGi