A reader sent this in, knowing that I think donkeys are the best:
- They’re always with the Holy Family: Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt, all the back to Nazareth, and then bringing Jesus to the Cross.
- They’re intelligent, not stubborn (mules are stubborn, for a reason), instead only doing what they understand (which is really smart). This is why those who interfere with children would have been better off (as Jesus says) to have a specifically (always left untranslated) donkey-millstone tied about one’s neck and thrown into the sea. In other words, donkeys are much more intelligent than those who do such things.
- They sing, their praying being braying, but the donkey above has moved to opera!
- They guard the flock, stopping the threat of predators:
All priests should be donkeys, and be proud of it.