Monday, December 28, 2015
Stray Dog by the Lord
The dog somehow got into the parish church of the Brazilian community Aguas de Santa Barbara on the Second Sunday of Advent. In the church there is a replica of the tomb of Christ with a life-size sculpture of the Lord lying in the grave. The dog lay down directly on the figure of Christ and remained there motionless throughout the celebration of Mass.
"It seemed as if he felt safe with Jesus, and as if he would protect the Lord. A moving scene, "Msgr. Jose Edmilson Zanin described the unusual event, "At the sight of this ownerless animal that lives on the street, but found a safe refuge here in the Lord, I was moved with compassion, and I thought: Why can't even we humans, guided by this certainty, always find safety and protection with Jesus." The dog behaved very calmly, without moving around in the Church during the sacred liturgy. "What lessons can animals give us," exclaimed Msgr. Zanin. Meanwhile, several people have reported that they wish to raise the animal.
Aguas de Santa Barbara has more than 5,000 inhabitants. The community is located in the state of Sao Paulo and is part of the Archdiocese of Botucatu.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Secretum Meum Mihi
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