there is nothing more to say

Whenever I chance to recall that moment when I first held her in my arms it is the eyes that I remember with such deep and lasting memory. Those dark brown eyes stole my heart with such promise of never ending love and so it has been these past fifteen years.

She loved me

She loved me

There is a special bond and a love that never wavers, never falters, but only strengthens over the years between two companions who find themselves bound together on the road of life. Where there is love, there is really nothing else, nothing more to say. It is for the eyes to express far more than words for the eyes are but tiny windows into love.

CJ was and has been my canine companion for nearly fifteen years, born on September 7, 2001 in Fallon, NV. She was my first and only, as was I hers. We lived a quiet life together, for she seldom made a sound, although she communicated far more clearly than many humans are seemingly capable of doing these days.

Loving her was far too easy for she never asked for anything in return for her unconditional love. She knew no strangers and was always eager to give of herself to everyone she met—especially her abundant white fur and lots of licks. She taught me what it is to love without reserve, to live only for the joy which comes from loving another so completely.

We are taught that God is Love and I know the truth of this. In my heart and soul I do believe that G-O-D made a mirror image of himself, which he lovingly called D-O-G, to be a companion and an outward expression of his unconditional, everlasting love for those he made in his image and likeness, M-A-N.

My beloved companion has passed away. She lived far longer than most and I believe she loved more than most. She loved me, what more is there to say.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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