A stray dog adopted by monastery is giving this lad a newfound hope in religion.
Often given a bad name by its practitioners, religion suffers the same reputation as wars and politics. Thankfully, every once in a while the skeptic in me comes across stories like these which help hold on to hope.
Also See: Do Dogs Have A Religion?
In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals — so it is only heartwarming that the newest brother in a Franciscan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia is a dog!
In honor of his new position, the adorable dog Carmelo has earned a somewhat formal title: Friar Bigotón (Spanish for “mustache”).
Friar Bigotón lived as a stray before his adoption into the monastery. Now as the cutest member of the brotherhood, he is living a happy life!
“His life is all about playing and running, Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.” ~Jorge Fernandez, fellow friar
Carmelo’s adoption was made possible by a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), which hopes his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets.
There must be a reason why dog spelled backwards is god…
If only all the places and people of god opened their hearts to those without a home?