Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | October 3, 2013

Feast of St.Francis

Tomorrow, Friday Oct. 4th  is a wonderful Feast Day. Its’ the Feast of St. Francis!!  We celebrate many things about St.Francis, we celebrate that he truly knew what it meant to Walk.Build.Proclaim, as he sold all of his belongings so he would be unencumbered when it came time to build the church that God had asked him to build.

We celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with the Pope, who took the name Francis because of Francis love for the poor.

The one thing that St. Francis is probably best known for is his love of Animals! There are many churches around our local area that are offering Pet Blessings today.  Why wouldn’t we want to celebrate, bless and be thankful for our pets.

Pets offer unconditional love, companionship and sometimes a good chuckle. Pets offer also us unconditional protection! Our older dog Tank, warns us every day that the mail truck is in the neighborhood, he also lets us know when the garbage truck is making its weekly rounds. He doesn’t just protect our family, he takes his protection duties very seriously and protects our neighbors as well by altering them that the Med-Star van is picking up our neighbor!  I wouldn’t trade this over-protection for anything!

Our younger dog Piper, she’s been nick-named the “wild child” if we take her out for a walk (run) with her two besties. She is the fearless leader going all sorts of places she isn’t supposed to be, bringing back gifts nobody really wants or appreciates. She doesn’t mind if you tell her to drop and leave; she’s just going to try to out-do herself the next time.

Both of our dogs are also wonderful teachers. They teach us patience, because sometimes they don’t get fed at 5pm. Piper lays by her bowl quietly to remind you that its dinner time. Tank and Piper have also taught us that making new friends is pretty easy!!   Piper is often allowed to go to work to with me as I visit different residents at different group homes. She knows that if she just sits nicely that someone will come and pet her and talk to her, before you know it she’s getting all sort of attention and making all sorts of new friends.

What do these furry creatures ask for in return? Our unconditional love, a good tummy rub at least once a day (more if they can get it).  Just time spent together whether it’s out on an early morning walk / run (if your Piper) or just a little ear-rubbing love when your watching TV, don’t forget a yummy treat goes a long way too.

Today, as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, let us pause and take a minute to thank God for these special companions in our lives.  Go ahead and bless you pet, or look for a Pet Blessing in the area that you live in. (This will most likely be at a Catholic Church with a School attached to it) In case you can’t find a Pet Blessing, I’ve included one for you.

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. 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.”

St.Francis

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Gary Neal Hansen

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