Blessing the Animals

Originally sent 10/3

Today is the actual feast day of St. Francis. It is a “Movable Feast,” and so will be celebrated by many churches–including St. Paul’s–this Sunday.

Having just returned from some hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I can appreciate Francis’ belief that nature is “the mirror of God.”

Francis considered all of the animals to be his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds! Because of his deep love for the earth and all its creatures, Francis embraced everyone, believing he could not call himself a Christian if he did not love all for whom Jesus died.

On his deathbed Francis even thanked his donkey for graciously carrying his burdens, and legend tells us his donkey wept.

God bless us all, as did St. Francis,

Mother Candace+

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