Healing Tongue

As the dog's tongue, licking a wound, heals it, the wounds of sinners, laid bare in confession, are cleansed by the penance imposed by the Priest. As the dog's tongue heals man's internal wounds, the secrets of his heart are often purified by thework and preaching of the Church's teachers. As the dog is said to be temperate in its ways, the man who is set over others diligently studies wisdom and must avoid drunkenness and gluttony in every way, for Sodom perished in a surfeit of food. Indeed, there is no quicker way for the Devil, his enemy, to take possession of man than through his greedy gullet.