"GOD BLESS YOU, ROVER!"
Humans often say, "God bless you," to those they care about. I sometimes do and I'm an atheist. Is that allowed?
However, more importantly, in Spain, they've taken the whole 'bless you' thing a little further and, once a year, they hold a blessing of pet animals at San Anton, Madrid (Reuters reports). Now I don't wish to get involved with heavy theological discussions about the rights and wrongs of blessing animals. However I do think this smacks of rampant discrimination.
There are a large number of other animals who are deserving of a blessing but don't qualify because, as pets, they are largely ignored! Yes, cats, dogs and budgies are always in the front of the queue while creatures like crocodiles, elephants, blowflies and snakes are left largely unblessed. Obviously, this seriously affects their chances of an afterlife!
I would propose that the Catholic Church, via an encyclical from the Pope, holds a BLESS ALL CREATURES DAY. Now I realise this would be a tall order, giraffes aside. God, who some say, has extraordinary powers, may find the blessing of so many creatures on one day to be beyond Him. In fact He might think that blessing animals is a bit of a yawn and that being the Good Shepherd to 6.5 billion sinful humans is already beyond the pale. Besides, are animals sinful? The kangaroos devouring my roses during the drought certainly are!
I guess it will depend what His contract says about overtime. He may prefer to do it in stages, you know, 'work to rule' and all that stuff. I don't know if He belongs to a Union or not. There probably is one because there are so many Gods around, each one big-noting Themselves, each one claiming They are THE ONE! Gets confusing really. If He does belong to a union, He'd better watch out when John Howard gets up there because, before He knows it, He'll be on an AWA (Australian Workers Agreement)!
Anyway, I don't know what you think. Should there be a BLESS ALL CREATURES DAY so that this unfair discrimination against most animals ends?
Don't be beastly. Send a letter to the Vatican if you're in favour! Cheers.