Yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. I have always loved this prayer and thought though I am a day late, that we all could use some of this peace which St. Francis so fervently prayer for.
I remember when I was teaching at Sacred Heart School that on October 4, Father Vaughan would encourage the students to come in the morning with their pets. . . cats, dogs, birds, bearded dragons, rabbits and even fish for an early morning blessing. Afterward, the pets went home. It was a day of joyful faith for the children and adults alike. St Francis was the patron saint of animals and the environment. Pope John Paul II named St. Francis the “Saint of Ecology!”