I think God should make an exception for this dog.
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September 29, 2010 at 1:47 am
heh, heh, heh. That's so cute.
September 29, 2010 at 2:40 am
September 29, 2010 at 2:42 am
How can we not be with the animals again someday? Do you expect the new Earth to only be a giant ball of mud?
September 29, 2010 at 2:57 am
Our confessor, may he rest in peace, explained the situation to us after our beloved 18 year old Persian had to be put down due to failing kidneys- Yes, we will see our beloved friends in heaven. NOT because they have souls, as they do not, but because of LOVE. They were created to love us and we loved them in return. God would never waste love.
September 29, 2010 at 3:25 am
The no dogs in Heaven thing was based on Aquinas who also said there would be no plants or trees either. There is no deeply mandatory de fide position on such things…and Isaiah has a lot of naturally opposed animals lying down near each other when God finally conquers evil in every respect.
September 29, 2010 at 4:14 am
If God is Being (and He is), then to make a thing and let it be un-made would be to defeat God.
Somehow I doubt that's possible, to put it mildly.
So animals, and all other things who have been given Life by God, must go on existing somewhere after they leave this world. God's reality is a very large place (as in infinite) and can and does contain all living creatures, past, present and future, within it. So one need not object, as someone once did to me, that there wouldn't be room for all the cats (or whales, or oak trees) ever made. Of course there is. God is infinite.
But the bottom line is: if you can Unmake something that Is, then you can defeat God. But He can't be defeated, and he doesn't Unmake His own creations, not even when they are moral beings and choose to turn against him (as some angels, and humans).
So they necessarily must go on existing (with all due respect and apologies to Aquinas, who is so generally admirable in other matters, but who seems to have missed it here).
Further reading: Romans 8:22-23; Psalm 84: 1-4; Psalm 104: 24, 29-30; Psalm 36: 6; and consider that John 1 says that the Word was made "flesh," which implies a commonality with animals, at least, who while they do not have moral responsible certainly suffer a great deal because of our misuse of that faculty. That the Bible, and the Magisterium, say little about animals only means that animals do not need the spiritual redemption that is the concern of those authorities.
So don't worry. Animals are safe in God's hands.
September 29, 2010 at 5:53 am
September 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm
A very nice woman, who use to go to our Parish, but is now in Jacksonville Florida just wrote a book about this, Susi Pittman, Animals in Heaven?: Catholics Want to Know!…
September 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm
But if animals were not created with souls then how is it theologically possible for them to receive the graces necessary to enter into Heaven? I don't think there are animals in Heaven, and I find the thought of them in eternity a dangerous road that could lead to pantheism. Hey, I'm not saying that I stand much more of a chance of Heaven myself;) I'm just saying…beware what subjectivity can direct your desires towards believing…
September 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Patty – "in my father's house there are many mansions". Do mansions have souls?
Once again, this is a moot point. We'll only know when we get there.
September 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm
Early Riser: less talk more catechism. Your prescrip for the day…
September 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Good answer, Paul. The only thing I would add to the discussion, and particularly in response to the issue raised by Patty of souls being necessary to get into heaven, is that animals DO have souls – just not HUMAN souls. They have animal souls, unstained animal souls, which is what God gave them. They're fine as they are because, unlike us, they have committed no sins. Yes, they suffer because of the Fall, but that is our doing, not theirs. I don't think God will hold that against them.
October 3, 2010 at 1:35 am
Animals do not have eternal souls. However, it is likely that there will be animals in heaven…just not "YOUR" puppy or cat or piglet or horse or iguana. Maybe there will even be dinosaurs!
I love this praying dog….so cute. I love the guy's voice too…very real and comforting.
October 4, 2010 at 12:14 am
I just hope the guy gets married and has a bunch of kids. If he took the time to make his dog a Christian, he'll probably be a great dad.
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