WAITING AT THE DOOR TO BE LET IN

From YAHOO NEWS:

Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, used to accompany his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, to services at Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy, and was allowed to sit at her feet. After she died, the dog "joined mourners at her funeral service" according to locals and "followed after Maria's coffin" as it was carried into the church. Ever since, Tommy, a stray who was adopted by Lochi, has been showing up "when the bell rings out to mark the beginning of services."

Father Donato Panna told the press, "He's there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved. He doesn't make a sound. He waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out. I've just recently lost my own dog. So I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out."

None of the other parishioners has complained, Panna said, and villagers give the dog food and water and allow him to sleep nearby.

For such devotion, Tommy is our...

BRICK OF THE DAY

... and for earning such devotion, Maria Margherita Lochi is also our...

BRICK OF THE DAY

Oh, I do love a faithful dog story.
They are real life parables of the Kingdom.

Thanks to IT for sending the link into OCICBW....

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WAITING AT THE DOOR TO BE LET IN — 5 Comments

  1. [Despite his unfortunate choice of bishop (i.e., Roman), I’d say Fr Donato is a brick, too.]

    Aw. Something in my eye. <3<3<3

    Good boy, {{{Tommy}}}. [I understand the “village dog” concept, but I really hope someone (specific) adopts him. What a sweetie.]

    For attending mass regularly, Richard Dawkins sneers “Why, he must as dumb a d..!”