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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Dear Makers of "A Dog's Purpose":
Thank you for ruining last Saturday evening for me.
I made the foolish decision to rent your movie at around 8PM and was curled up in the fetal position and crying by about 8:17PM.
By 9:04PM, I was bawling to beat the band.
By 9:45PM, I was catapulted back in time to one of the most painful moments of my life (the premature and shocking death of our beloved Boxer Max in 2010) and was hyperventilating from ugly crying so hard.
I think Kyle was considering a call to 9-1-1 (Kerry was at work).
Thanks for sucking me into your playful yet powerful story. Thanks for making me cry both happily and in utter despair.
Thank you for stirring up the rawest of emotions deep within my being.
Thanks for making me all stuffed-up and red-eyed for Mass the next morning. People probably thought I was out partying instead of on the couch wailing to no one in particular. I scared my own poor dog Monnie senseless.
Then again; it really was an inspiring story with important life reminders such as:
RULE #1: Life is better with other people in it ... including the furry, four-legged kind.
RULE #2: Unconditional love is rare; hold onto it with both hands if you're lucky enough to find it.
RULE #3: Hard times are more bearable if you let others help you through them. (See Rule #1)
RULE #4: Life is short. Don't waste it being mean or sad or bitter or hurtful. Live in the moment and enjoy every day. BE HERE NOW.
RULE #5: How you treated others is all that really matters in the end.
Okay, fine. I loved "A Dog's Purpose." Happy now? Good, 'cause that's kind of the whole point. :-)
Mt 4:4 R. Alleluia, alleluia. One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Gospel Mt 14:13-21 When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves." He said to them, "There is no need for them to go away;give them some food yourselves." But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over– twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.