S+L logo

What can your pet teach you about God?

March 7, 2012
The following post was contributed by Fr. James Mallon, founder and director of the John Paul II Media Institute. Fr. James hosts the new series "Dogmatic Theology", which airs on S+L on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT. The program repeats Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET and Fridays at 9:00 am ET.
I’m a dog lover. I’ve been one for all of my life. Our first family dog, “Coco,” came into our lives when I was thirteen years old. We had Coco for fifteen years until she passed away during the first year of my priesthood. I remember meeting my father and brother at the veterinarian’s office the night Coco died. We wept and I prayed in thanksgiving for the gift she had been to our family. It was clear to me that there was a reflection of the faithfulness and love of God in this simple creature. For the first time in my adult life I was without a dog.
Then, two years later, when I was assigned my first parish, I knew I was ready for a dog of my own. So my journey with the often-mischievous “Monsi,” whose name is short for “Monsignor,” began.
It wasn’t long after that that the Lord started using this experience of pet ownership as a way to teach me significant lessons about Himself and the spiritual life. Shortly after that I started to ponder how others might also benefit from these insights beyond my homilies. This prompted me to consider penning a book titled "Dogmatic Theology: Spiritual Reflections on Dog Ownership", which would explore these lessons.
However, in the spring of 2009, as several staff members and volunteers of the John Paul II Media Institute gathered to consider what project we would produce next, my friend Dan O’Rourke proposed that the Institute use my idea as the basis for a DVD course. It took some convincing but I agreed! Therein began a two-year effort that has culminated in this eight-week DVD course called Dogmatic Theology.
Our production team has designed this course to appeal to all Christians and have thus included the voices of many, not only within the Catholic Church but also within the broader Christian community. Accordingly it is our sincere prayer that you recognize your own voice within it, as well as that of our Saviour.
May Dogmatic Theology be a source of grace and blessing to you all!
Related posts
Welcome to S+L’s Weekly News Round-Up. As part of my job, I come across many interesting Catholic news stories on a daily basis. Some of them I’ll cover on Perspectives Daily and the others I ...read more
Catholic hospitals in Ireland will now be forced to provide abortions on request with new pregnancy termination laws looming. But there's a catch. ...read more
A new law that comes into effect next year, will force priests in parts of Australia to break the seal of confession or face criminal charges. ...read more
The escalating violence in Nigeria seems to have two very distinctive combatants: Muslims and Christians. Is there a holy war brewing in that country? Here's what the former President of the Nigerian ...read more
In today's episode of Perspectives Daily, we have a sneak-peak at the new theme for the 2019 Synod of Bishops. Here are the stories that we covered on todays program. - "Envy is a deadly poison", w ...read more