Students gathered with their pets for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, which commemorates the life of the patron saint of animals and the environment. Father Matt joined us to bless all the animals in attendance.
If you don’t know Francis of Assisi lived in Italy in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Although he had a privileged childhood, he turned toward God and embraced a life of poverty after narrowly escaping death during a brief career as a soldier. He is best remembered for his generosity towards the poor and sick and for his love of animals and nature.
Francis was well known for his prayers of thanksgiving for creation, for his sermons delivered to animals, and for his insistence that all creatures (human and animal) are brothers and sisters under God.
The blessing took place in the field outside of the school and church. We had cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and some gerbils joined in. The focus is on celebrating the human/animal bond and on showing respect and appreciation for all of God’s creation.
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