"The Pug Preacher" ~ On The Anniversary Of My Ordination…

“Little Things Are Indeed Little, but to be
faithful in little things is a great thing.”

~ Mother Teresa ~

Reverend Mother Maitri & Sampson,
one of Mother Maitri’s 4 Rescue Pugs…

Dear Ones,

It never occurred to me when I heard the calling to dedicate my life to a spiritual path, and finally, after years of study and practice, was ordained in the Christian Church an an interfaith minister one year ago this month, what form my ministry might take. Most ministers, priests, nuns, monks, and others know what they are about to undertake as far as the outer accoutrements, rules, and laws of their own religion. When I was ordained I knew that I was not going to walk the path of these holy men and women, but a more down to earth, person to person ministry, as I walked through life. I didn’t know that like St. Francis much of my work would be with animals, sheltering and protecting them, taking in the ones that few others really want, the old ones, the infirm, the disabled. This is my calling.

Imagine, one day, hearing an acquaintance call me The Pug Preacher. I laughed out loud because it is true. Pugs and parrots and Big Dog Moe; the wildlings — birds at the feeders, squirrels, snakes, lizards, insects, shy feral cats, and much more — who would surround me in my garden and my life would be among my greatest teachers. The world that God created is my “chapel.” The people and animals I encounter in person or online or in the woods are my “congregation,” though most don’t even know that they are, and I don’t need them to. I took my vows knowing that my job was to welcome all people of all religions, spiritual paths, all the colors of the rainbow, and every gender-identified human being God would put in my path. It is a rainbow path, an illuminated one, a path that has caused the well of love inside of me to grow deeper and deeper, and to spread wider and wider with each passing day.

“Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto to me…”

A child is my teacher. My mother, now passed on and at peace, is still a great teacher. I am open to all the teachings and wisdom truths no matter what form they take or from whence they come. I have struggled with my “title” for a year. I am Reverend Mother Maitri Libellule. A great many call me Mother Maitri, and just Maitri is fine by me, but taking my full title is part of the accepting of the mantle of my faith, my vows, my path. Because I am a mother and a grandmother, because I nurture small living things, Mother Maitri feels very comfortable to me, (…and I’ll answer to anything!).

My mostly cloistered life, living almost entirely in silence and solitude, coupled with the vows I took, the promise to create a ministry, no matter how unusual, as led by God, and the still small voice within, has been quite a journey and will be for the rest of my life. Since my dear mother has passed I have now begun to put into place the life that I was meant to lead.

I am in the midst of buying a house. An older home in a comfortable old neighborhood with a large fenced yard for the dogs, and enough rooms inside to meet the requirements of my patchwork quilt sort of life. For the minister in me there will be a small room that serves as chapel, with a small altar where many sacred objects will sit, where I will meditate and pray, and come to seek counsel from my spiritual guides.

There will be a room that will be a writing room/library where I will write my books, work on my blogs, and create booklets for the ministry, as well as study and make notes on the deeper truths and spiritual messages that arise in my life, a journey that I will record to share with those in my ministry, which is open to people of all faiths as an addendum to their own paths, to perhaps enrich them, and find new ways of looking at the world. As His Holiness, The Dalai Lama said, “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” The Maitri Ministry, based on the teaching of maitri, of loving-kindness and compassion, is at the root of all the work that I will do. I took the name to honor my spiritual path and work, and to be a guiding star all the days of my life. When I took the name, legally, nearly 5 years ago, the person that I had been all my life slipped quietly into the background, still a part of me, but not part of the life I plan to live my way into. When I was ordained one year ago, the path deepened. Now I am moving into the actual life long in the planning. My work has begun.

Yesterday I bought a new (to me) car that is a couple of years old — My 17 year old van has seen her finer days — and I will be donating it to a person in need with no car. I will be moving mid-January or so, and I am allowing the first 3 months for settling in and getting the ball rolling on many fronts.

And gratefully there is a big room for my fiber studio where I will make the goods to help the ministry keep going and to help support the pugs, both the ones I take in and the ones at the rescue. It will be a full life, and I know that God will bless me with the funds I need to keep the ministry going.

And so with Sampson asleep (and snoring rather loudly as he is wont to do) and lying against me, and all the other friendly beasts, feathered and furred around me, I will close here and open my books to study and plan the life I am moving into. Perhaps at some juncture my ministry will grow and become non-profit. For now, it is most important to me that it grow in love.

Warm Regards and Many Blessings to each and every one of you, and a very Happy New Year from all of us at The Maitri Ministry

If you enjoy this blog a donation would be deeply appreciated to help me continue to bring “Maitri’s Heart” to you. Thank you, and many deep blessings to one and all…


  1. Ooh, this makes me all tingly with *excitement* for you! GO, girl! 🙂

    Blessed Be,

  2. Happy New Year, pally. I wish you success with the donation button and keeping it up! 😉

  3. Good luck in the New Year Mother Maitri! That little pug tongue sticking out in the photo is just too sweet for words.

  4. Congratulations!! You are a warm spot in the blogging world…like a big warm hug!!!

  5. Congrats and good luck and a Happy New Year to you too!

  6. Planet Earth counts an Angel on it.

  7. Warm hugs to you as you move forward. The new house and car sound wonderful – good for you!

  8. What a wonderful full live you lead and will have. Best of luck to you and your furry friends.

  9. Something to be very proud of and also rejoice in. Congratulations Mother Maitri on a whole new beginning to a great new year.

    Now you have all the makings to become the feminine version of Noah. You are off to a perfect start with all the critters and being ordained now.

    Let’s pray, in our time we will never see the flood waters come. But just in case, you might want to take some weekend classes over at Home Depot for carpentry 😉

  10. Every good wish for 2010 and the future and all it holds for you. Much love.

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  12. Blessings to you Maitri~

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