We got a good laugh today from Father Barnes in his homily. He talked of Martin de Porres often being shown with a dog, cat, mouse, and bird at his feet. Mentioned in my previous post, this symbolism suggests the Peruvian saint's peaceful nature.
In fact, our pastor went on, there is a statue of St. Martin in our rectory garden. The mouse, however, is missing. "My dog ate the mouse," said Father Barnes. "Which tells you that I still have some way to go."