The altar will always be
associated with a special place, and properly so, - a place where one
touches the Mysteries of God, a place where one meets God Himself, a
place where man calls upon God, where man, conscious of his own
weakness as well as God's Power, Goodness and Love, with eyes turned to
heaven gives thanks, apologizes, and begs...
this altar, dressed in priestly stole and alb, besides my faithful and
friendly dog, surrounded by other animals and friendly people... I,
whether on a patch of green meadow, on a dirt trail or asphalt pathway,
will pray, bless, shepherd, thank, forgive, beg.
I wish to give thanks for the
gift of the presence of animal beings on this earth, for their external
beauty, marvelous friendship, for which they often pay a terrible
price... for all this that they do for us, and they do not just a
little... and for the people who give them their time, their strength,
this altar I wish to beg that the Good God, in a gesture of blessing
over these human and animal beings, would stretch out His hands,
accompanying their daily deeds with His Blessings... I will implore God
that the numbers of these people and, thanks to them, these fortunate
animals would continually grow...
this altar I wish to ask forgiveness of God for that which we have done
and continue to do towards these, His least brethren, for every tear
shed by them, their abundant sufferings and fears rising to heaven, for
every drop of blood shed by them, for every quiet agony, beginning with
a life filled with pain and suffering in many homes and ending in the
dramatic hours, days and months spent crucified in transport... and
whose ultimate crowning is a no less terrifying death.
On this altar, wherever it is
placed or erected, there will always arise toward heaven the cries of a
more evangelical world, a more Christ-like world, a new civilization
based in love, a civilization in which animal beings and human beings
will feel good, fortunate, as if in their own homes... where both can
live in peace.
altar is an invitation to all, for whom the welfare of animals lays on
their hearts and who not only believe in a new world and new heaven,
but who also wish to see a trace of it now, here, on earth...
altar is the heart of the sanctuary in which will arise an adequate
place for one and the other, for animals and for people... a place in
which there will no longer be a need to talk about God because we will
perceive Him... especially in the blessed gaze in the eyes of men and
animals, without the slightest difference...
THE ANIMAL PASTOR