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Sunday, October 02, 2011

St. Francis Of Assisi: Why We Bless Our Pets Today

We found this article by Jon Sweeney and published on the Huffington Post News Blog just this morning, a wonderful bit of spiritual enlightenment. And it helped us realize how much we didn't know about that most well-known of Catholic saints, St. Francis of Assisi, who considered himself and all humankind, "as intrinsically connected to all of creation..and that creation includes more than humankind." In other words, humans should treat all living creatures with reverence and respect because we're all creations of God.

October 4th, the day St Francis died, is celebrated as the Feast Day of St. Francis, and "blessings of the animal services" are usually held on the Sunday closest to that day. We didn't see anything mentioned in our local listings-we're wondering if we missed it or if St. Francis was forgotten this year in our town.

Speaking of blessing of the animals, do you remember when Parental Unit took me to our local park for a blessing? If not, re-live that fabulous moment here: www.boccibeefs.com/2010/07/bless-beasts-and-thehedgehogs-too.html

Did anyone have their pets blessed either yesterday or today? If so, we'd love to hear about it and see the photos-feel free to post them on our Facebook page-since we missed it, we're especially looking forward to seeing yours.

And speaking of creatures great and small, we thought we'd share this series of photos of a mother lioness rescuing her cub from a dangerous fall-it made our day.


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