Here’s a sight you probably thought you’d never behold yet are pleasantly surprised to witness. A stray dog, lovingly named Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache), is now a member of the St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, after monks accepted him into the order.
Considering St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, it makes sense that monks who honor his life extend a helping hand to pups and other creatures in need. In this instance, they rescued Friar Bigotón who previously lived on the streets.
“His life is all about playing and running,” fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
Maybe it’s going too far, maybe it’s not, but the pup even received his own custom-fitted habit. and, according to the monks, he’s excellent at attending to his monk duties. Franciscan Kasper Mariusz Kaproń, who shared the photos online, wrote:
“[Here’s] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish.”
The holy men hope that this example inspires other people to be compassionate toward each other and animals.
The local animal rescue Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project) had only positive comments to share. The organization wrote on Facebook:
“If only all the churches of our country [would] adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón. We are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”
Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache) was once a stray pup but now has a home at the St. Francis Monastery.
He was adopted by monks who view him as a loving creature of God.
They even gifted him his own habit!
“Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
The brothers hope this deed inspires others to be kind to animals.
Because St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, their compassionate gesture is in alignment with their beliefs.
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