SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI-PATRON OF ECOLOGY

SAINT FRANCIS’ ROSE photo by Lois Mangona Mornings always begins with a walk around our garden. This past July we noticed that a single rose bud had found its way through the arms of our Saint Francis statue. My husband (Frank) and I were thrilled to find this gift of beauty from Saint Francis.
SAINT FRANCIS’ ROSE photo by Lois Mangona Mornings always begins with a walk around our garden. This past July we noticed that a single rose bud had found its way through the arms of our Saint Francis statue. My husband (Frank) and I were thrilled to find this gift of beauty from Saint Francis.
Blessings abound, from the rich colors of the autumn leaves to cloudless blue skies, and clear starry nights. A time to be blessed and a time to bless.

Saint Francis of Assisi was one man who always counted his blessings and dedicated his life to the service of humanity. He addressed creatures as “sisters” and “brothers”. Francis thought they were equals and not subjects to be dominated. That is why the humble figure of Saint Francis is often seen standing on the birdbath or among the flowerbeds. He saw himself as a simple servant and caretaker of creation-little brother to the birds and the fish and the lowly ivy.

Pope John Paul II proclaimed St. Francis of Assisi the patron of ecology in 1979. The pope cited him for being “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation.

Saint Francis invited all creation-animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon to give honor and praise to the Lord.”

Each year on, or around October 4, the feast day of St. Francis, many churches observe a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. Check with your local place of worship to see if they participate in such an event. If you are unable to attend one of these services, then feel free to use the following blessings with your family and friends for your own favorite furry creature.

 

FOR A SICK ANIMAL

 

Heavenly Father,
You created all things for your glory
And made us stewards of this creature.
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
And holy is your name forever and ever.
Amen.

 

FOR ALL ANIMALS

 

Blessed are you, Lord God,
Maker of all living creatures.
On the fifth and sixth days of creation,
You called forth fish in the sea,
Birds in the air and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis to call all animals
His brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this animal.
By the power of your love,
Enable it to live according to your plan.
May we always praise you
For all your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you,
Lord our God, in all your Creatures.
Amen

The Waynedale News Staff

Mary Stark

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