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March 31, 2015

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Mark Northey

Thank you for posting this.
I have always loved little creatures (especially the creepy crawly things). I agree with Abbot Tryphon that a heaven without God's beautiful creatures would seem less than the fullness and abundance of His love.

The monks of Holy Transfiguration have encouraged us to strive for right relationship with animals by decreasing the meat in our diet. Humans were given a diet of fruits and vegetables in Paradise; animals were given for partnership. It's easy to lose sight of this in today's modern world where we need not have any relationship with the animals that help provide our food.
Fr Gregory also pointed out that animals resist us when we try to kill them- it seems contrary to God's order then, that we who are called to humility should impose our will over animals. Partnership indeed seems far closer to the mark.
In this light perhaps part of a redeemed Christian life ought to include owning chickens and a goat or a cow. :)

Peace;
-Mark Basil

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