Fire-dog the Mirror-dog

Fire-dog is looking rather stern for just a second, but then figures out what a mirror is.

Then there’s a glance back at me, a glare, really, reprimanding me for having tricked her to being inside the mirror.

And then, with a heart-stopping “I’ll show you, you wise guy, you” kind of look, she totally jumps into the mirror and stares at me from inside the mirror itself, making me interact with the Fire-dog in the mirror as revenge. Heart stopping intelligence.

You recall Saint Paul’s thoughts:

  • “For now we see through a mirror [ἔσοπτρον], enigmatically” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

A mirror provides a reflection, does it not? And NOT necessarily of oneself if one knows how to use a mirror in other ways, such as is the case with the last picture of Fire-dog above, using the mirror to look at me.

Elsewhere we read about this reflection of God in His good creation, unless people do not want to see that reflection:

  • “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

That verse from 1 Corinthians 13:12 about now seeing God through a mirror enigmatically continues:

  • “…but then [we will see] face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

In heaven, there are no tricks with mirrors. The beatific vision is most direct. God is love. I love that.


Filed under Dogs, Spiritual life

15 responses to “Fire-dog the Mirror-dog

  1. sanfelipe007

    Thanks be to God for the lessons in love.
    [disclaimer: I’m not jaded – really!]
    Speaking of mirrors. Y’know, Father. I saw, on the internet, an animated video showing a dog standing before someone, ostensibly St. Peter.
    Not St. Peter: How did you die?
    Happy dog: I don’t care, [here, we are shown a bubble of the pup in the arms of a child while a vet injects the pup – wink, wink) I was with my friend!
    [happy dog continues]
    Happy dog: But how can I be happy while my best friend is so sad?
    Not St. Peter: we’ll send him another friend to make him happy, but you need to train him…blah, blah, blah… [training, riiight]
    The cartoon goes on, but the real point has been made: Euthanasia is just fine! The animal – and by extension of course, humans, are just fine with it. They will be fine with it. Everything’s fine with it! It’s fine! Shut up about it, already.
    I tire of the misuse of God’s creation by way of smoke and mirrors.
    I’m not jaded!

  2. Dianna

    I think Fire-dog finding you was no coincidence. It was syncronicity. Her eyes have a profound sadness in them. She came to you and Shadow dog for love. I think she will make life better by just choosing you Father. I hope many more discoveries lie ahead. God bless you.

  3. nancyv

    This gave me the “holy shivers”. Wow. Deo gratias!
    p.s. I think Fire dog has found a good home?

    • Father George David Byers

      He’s got some terrible problem with his hind quarters. The appointment is now on monday…

  4. Gina Nakagawa

    God bless you and Fire-dog. Prayers for you both on Monday and every day

  5. Cathy

    Can I say that I think Fire-Dog is so very cute! He might prefer handsome! I hope his hindquarter issues aren’t terribly serious. On a more serious note, could you please offer a prayer for my mom, Janice, she fell last Friday, she has a bladder infection, and is upset about memory/cognitive issues. She lives with me and I am taking a leave from work to be with her. Thank you so much and God bless you and your dogs!

  6. Mark Smith

    Hello Father
    Fire-dog is your birthday present from the Good Lord.
    Many happy returns (in 8 minutes time as I write).

  7. catherine

    February 25, 2023

    Happy 65th Birthday Father George! The best in life is yet to come. Wishing you good health, healing and abundant blessings in the year to come. Have a wonderful day!


  8. sanfelipe007

    Goodness! I forget every year.

  9. I wonder if someone dropped Fire-Dog off at your yard because they knew you would take of him and they could not….

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