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Posts tagged: St. Francis of Assisi

Blessing our animals

October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi – the namesake of our pope.  St. Francis loved animals and was the first to create a nativity story – with real animals.

Many parishioners are invited to bring their beloved critters to church for a special blessing. Our own priest invited our family pets, commenting, “Please leave the horses at home.” Seems someone did bring a horse for a blessing one year. Marched that equine creature right in onto the terrazzo floor.

We love our pets and know they are a blessing. Seems the least we can do is acknowledge their compassionate presence and bless them right back.

(S-R photo: South Ocean Beach at Assateague Island National Seashore near Berlin, Md. )

Saint Francis ~ Pope Francis I

“Francis, repair my Church which, as you can see, is falling into ruins.”  Words heard by St. Francis of Assisi

October 4 is a day Christians celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, the namesake of Pope Francis I. Who was Francis? And how is Pope Francis working to restore some of the charisms of this 13th century saint?

Today, October 4, Pope Francis visits Assisi where he will meet those helped by the charity Caritas, celebrate Mass, pray at St. Francis’ tomb and speak about his vision for the Church.  

A man of simplicity and humility, Pope Francis I leads the Catholic Church on a journey of caring for the poor, welcoming all people and speaking in a voice of love, acceptance and courage. Finally…again.

Happy Feast Day, Francis!  

(S-R archives photo: Pope Francis I)

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