ANIMALS AND THE AFTERLIFE

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The common understanding is that animals by nature, do not survive death.

But, in the beginning, in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, there were animals with them. Animals are part of God’s creation. Animals do mean something to God.

In God’s infinite love for mankind, gave us animals for human benefit. He gave us stewardship over all living creatures for humane care and feeding .

God has given dominion over the whole universe, plants and animals included to His Son Jesus Christ. Pope John Paul II proclaimed that animals do have souls and are “as near to God as men are.” 

So Yes!! I believe animals do have a sensitive soul.

“Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of God’s wonderful design also affects everything around us.” (Pope Francis) Pope Francis, an Argentine Jesuit who took his papal name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals,  believes animals have a place in the afterlife. He has given an analogy to comforting words that Pope Paul VI was said to have once told a distraught boy whose dog had died: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America, the Catholic magazine, said he believed that Francis was at least asserting that “God loves and Christ redeems all of creation,”

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When Jesus raises us up then all the things we have loved on this earth I believe, will be raised up with us. Heaven is a place of complete happiness, If you need to be completely happy in heaven then we will have our pets with us if we so wish.

Thank you God for your wonderful creation of all living things including animals and pets and the fulfillment of the joys of Heaven through Your Son Jesus Christ.AMEN

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