Paco Monterosso who lives in the small village of Aldeaperromierda in southern Spain was amazed last week when he saw the face of Jesus smiling up at him from a dog turd lying in the street. "It was a seriously spiritual moment," said Paco. "I've seen many a dog turd here in Aldeaperromierda, but never one with the Lord's face on it."
Asked how he knew it was the face of Jesus, Paco replied, "Well, it was obvious. We have a lot of religious books at home, and one of them has lots of pictures in it. I've seen pictures of Jesus all my life, so of course I could recognise him. The face on the dog turd was the spitting image of his picture in the picture book at home. That's how I knew it was Jesus smiling up at me."
Paco has now built a shrine in his home and placed the dog turd in pride of place in the centre of the shrine. His wife, Maria, is not so sure about this new turn of events. "I certainly have nothing but the greatest respect for our Lord, but I'm not convinced that he would appear to my husband on a dog turd. I'm not too happy having it in our house either. It smells really bad and makes being devout pretty hard."
Paco has approached the Vatican for official recognition of the divine nature of the dog turd, but so far they have not responded. Paco is now examining the rear end of every dog he can find in Aldeaperromierda to see if he can match the characteristics of the turd to the dog. So far he has not been successful. "It's a tough jobbie, but somebody has to do it," he said before racing down the street after an agile cocker spaniel.