Tobias and the Angel

 

 

As I missed the feast of the Guardian Angels, and because I was reminded of this most wonderful of stories by this most affecting blogpost here ( trigger warning…on the loss of children), here is one of my favourite paintings… partly because it includes the Mystery Dog.

 

 

tobias-and-the-angel

Verrochio

 

Then [Tobit] said to Tobias, “Get ready for the journey, and good success to you both.” So his son made the preparations for the journey. And his father said to him, “Go with this man; God who dwells in heaven will prosper your way, and may his angel attend you.” So they both went out and departed, and the young man’s dog was with them. Tobit 5, 16

 

It really is a lovely story: contains true love, constancy to the faith, the casting out of demons, an archangel, miracles, and a dog.

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