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Offline genesisone

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Our parish rabbit
« on: August 21, 2013, 09:35:04 AM »
I mentioned some time ago that my mission parish bought a building back in the spring that had formerly been the home of a Roman Catholic chapel (that last detail is important). We noticed fairly early on that one small rabbit made its home in our yard. We've never seen more than one - that's strange enough in itself. This particular rabbit is small enough that it was likely born this year - we've noticed some growth over the past few months. Last evening when I was at the church I noticed the rabbit sitting in one particular spot. I don't know how long it had been there before I noticed it, but it was there for at least fifteen minutes afterwards. At one point as I walked past, I was scarcely a metre away from it. Now here's what I find fascinating: the spot where the rabbit was sitting was exactly on the spot where there used to be a statue of St Francis of Assisi (likely removed in 2011). Perhaps it was an overactive imagination, but I couldn't help thinking that the rabbit sat there feeling that he was in a safe and protected place even though totally visible to anyone around.

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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 09:44:33 AM »
Since animals are probably far closer to communion with the Sacred, with God, than the rest of us, it probably DOES recognize a Holy presence there.  Plus, the ground, I'm sure, is blessed and sanctified.




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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 09:48:18 AM »
I'm glad you shared this story.  I see in my mind a little bunny, ears back, sitting in the grass next to some bushes just hanging out.  Not saying that's how it was, but that's how I see it in my mind.  I like little rabbits.  Don't like what they leave behind, but one bunny isn't bad.

He probably knew there was something special about that spot.
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 10:17:24 AM »
I was going to make a stupid comment about how your parish planned on cooking the parish hassenpfeffer, but Vamrat is not the sort of guy who eats holy critters.  May the bunny enjoy his time praising his creator at your parish and when he leaves this world behind may he enjoy being chased by the Blessed Guinefort in the sky!
Das ist des Jägers Ehrenschild, daß er beschützt und hegt sein Wild, weidmännisch jagt, wie sich’s gehört, den Schöpfer im Geschöpfe ehrt.

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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 10:59:18 AM »
I was going to make a stupid comment about how your parish planned on cooking the parish hassenpfeffer, but Vamrat is not the sort of guy who eats holy critters.  May the bunny enjoy his time praising his creator at your parish and when he leaves this world behind may he enjoy being chased by the Blessed Guinefort in the sky!

We enjoy interacting with the rabbits that live outside our home.  They have gotten used to us. 

I am sure this little creature feels the love of God who made all things good. 

For me, the existence of rabbits and turtles is proof of God's existence.   

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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 12:08:14 PM »
I was going to make a stupid comment about how your parish planned on cooking the parish hassenpfeffer, but Vamrat is not the sort of guy who eats holy critters.  May the bunny enjoy his time praising his creator at your parish and when he leaves this world behind may he enjoy being chased by the Blessed Guinefort in the sky!

We enjoy interacting with the rabbits that live outside our home.  They have gotten used to us. 

I am sure this little creature feels the love of God who made all things good. 

For me, the existence of rabbits and turtles is proof of God's existence.   

But...what about gerbils and giraffes?
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 12:10:41 PM »
I was going to make a stupid comment about how your parish planned on cooking the parish hassenpfeffer, but Vamrat is not the sort of guy who eats holy critters.  May the bunny enjoy his time praising his creator at your parish and when he leaves this world behind may he enjoy being chased by the Blessed Guinefort in the sky!

We enjoy interacting with the rabbits that live outside our home.  They have gotten used to us.  

I am sure this little creature feels the love of God who made all things good.  

For me, the existence of rabbits and turtles is proof of God's existence.  

But...what about gerbils and giraffes?

I had a strange dream that my former pastor was bringing home animals, including giraffes, llamas, and chimpanzees. His backyard was quickly becoming a zoo, and this was his new parish as these animals talked.
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 12:19:52 PM »
I was going to make a stupid comment about how your parish planned on cooking the parish hassenpfeffer, but Vamrat is not the sort of guy who eats holy critters.  May the bunny enjoy his time praising his creator at your parish and when he leaves this world behind may he enjoy being chased by the Blessed Guinefort in the sky!

We enjoy interacting with the rabbits that live outside our home.  They have gotten used to us.  

I am sure this little creature feels the love of God who made all things good.  

For me, the existence of rabbits and turtles is proof of God's existence.  

But...what about gerbils and giraffes?

I had a strange dream that my former pastor was bringing home animals, including giraffes, llamas, and chimpanzees. His backyard was quickly becoming a zoo, and this was his new parish as these animals talked.

It wasn't Fr. Noah, was it?
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Re: Our parish rabbit
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 01:21:08 PM »


That took longer than I thought it would.  ;D
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 02:24:50 PM »
St. Francis you said? I'm afraid your rabbit is deep into prelest. It's one of those times where urging him to talk to his spiritual father is the safest course of action.
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 02:32:17 PM »
St. Francis you said? I'm afraid your rabbit is deep into prelest. It's one of those times where urging him to talk to his spiritual father is the safest course of action.

And that would be.................
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 02:36:22 PM »
Father Elmer (Fudd)...what jurisdiction?  And his kamilavka is a little off.
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2013, 02:48:10 PM »
Father Elmer (Fudd)...what jurisdiction?  And his kamilavka is a little off.

But...did you notice the mandorla?
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 02:51:42 PM »
Father Elmer (Fudd)...what jurisdiction?  And his kamilavka is a little off.

But...did you notice the mandorla?

Oh, wow, bathed in the divine...brown light?
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2013, 03:22:44 PM »
Father Elmer (Fudd)...what jurisdiction?  And his kamilavka is a little off.

But...did you notice the mandorla?

Oh, wow, bathed in the divine...brown light?

What can I say??
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2013, 07:05:58 AM »
Father Elmer (Fudd)...what jurisdiction?  And his kamilavka is a little off.

But...did you notice the mandorla?

Oh, wow, bathed in the divine...brown light?

What can I say??
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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2013, 08:21:14 AM »
Maybe the elephant is nearby?



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Re: Our parish rabbit
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2013, 10:53:27 PM »
St. Francis you said? I'm afraid your rabbit is deep into prelest. It's one of those times where urging him to talk to his spiritual father is the safest course of action.
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