A Little Silliness

The British tend to be sentimental about animals. They allow us to unbend our proverbial stiff upper lips and say affectionate things to them we would never dream of saying to any human being. They hear our confessions long before we enter the confessional; they welcome us home when we return at ungodly hours; they put up with our moods and never, ever hold a grudge for more than about ten seconds. In short, they are pretty good at showing us how to live a good life, with everyone our very best friend. (They also teach us to eat everything in sight, but that is a more doubtful quality.)

Today we are celebrating the thirteenth birthday of iBenedictines’ co-blogger, Bro Duncan PBGV (a.k.a. Champion Soletrader Dunc ’n Disorderly,) with a virtual Birthday Tea-Party at 4.00 p.m. It is pure silliness, but sometimes a little silliness can show us what really matters. To be kind, to be generous, to be friendly, to be loyal, these are not spectacular qualities and they will never make us rich or famous; but they may make us people it is good to know. They may even help make us into the people God intended us to be, and that is not silly at all.

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10 thoughts on “A Little Silliness”

  1. Thank you for your thoughts on Bro Duncan on this his special day and for our pets in general, Dame Catherine. They say that ‘dogs have owners and cats have staff” which may be true but they are all loyal to us and return as much love and more to us than we often give.

  2. Happy birthday to Bro.Duncan and many more happy years of devotion and blogging! I do hope that you will be taking some pictures that we will see.Have a happy day and thank you again for all your wisdom.

  3. Happy birthday to BroDuncan and thank you Sister Catherine for more wise and kind words, and for being the conduit for BroDuncans unique voice. There are three cats in our household and it’s amazing how we both use them to speak for us, particularly sensitive or possibly controversial comments. They add their wishes to BroDuncans special day, especially from his namesake Duncan the cat with one eye and a it of dementia after a head injury!

  4. I agree with the “cats have staff” comment. I am the obedient staff for two wonderful and very affectionate cats. It would be a big mistake on my part to believe I “own” them.

    Silliness is good and we need more of it – with animals in the house there is always an occasion to celebrate silliness.

  5. Amen to all that!
    I genuinely believe that I would not have survived the previous traumatic (nearly) 2 years of ill-health & treatment without the unconditional love of my beloved greyhoind, Spot.

  6. Happy Birthday, faithful brother. You share a birth date with the Duchess of Cambridge and Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin), which makes for an interesting mixture. May God bless you and your good sisters.

  7. Thank you for all your kind remarks, and for the good wishes sent my way today. I have taught Digitalnun and Quietnun a few things over the years, and despite what St Thomas Aquinas says about dogs not having souls, I shall hope to meet Them at the Heavenly Banquet one day. 🙂

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