Angels on Your Shoulder

Angels on Your Shoulder

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day 2009


Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment. St. Francis is so well known for his love of animals that many Catholic churches traditionally bless animals on his feast day. When I lived in San Diego the old San Diego mission would bless animals and give them a medal of St. Francis.

He is also well-known for my favorite prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Enjoy this Sunday, and if you are lucky enough to have a pet, bless it with your love.

With love and aloha,

  • Lisa

    Oh Susan! Thank for your blog post. I was on Caroline Myss’ website and although St.Francis of Assisi is dear to me, I don’t know enough about this wonderful Saint. Well, I googled him and lo and behold landed on your blog just 1 1/2 before the stroke of midnight, enter in St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day, October 04~ With my little dog on my lap, I write to you in thanks and blessings! Such perfection and beauty in the ‘touch’ of this patron saint! Have a blessed day with your furry, feathered and other animal friends!

  • Susan

    Lisa, isn’t it grand how those sort of things happen. Blessing to you and your furry friend.
    With love and aloha,

  • Mairs Ryan

    Thank you for alerting me to St. Francis’ feast day. His prayer has been important in my spiritual life. I will let my dog in and bless him for giving me so much joy.
    I teach 5th grade and we will have a blessing of the animals tomorrow.

  • Susan

    Aloha Mairs,
    What a gift you must be to your fifth graders! Have fun blessing the animals tomorrow!!
    With love and aloha,

  • Micah

    Great post! This is very helpful. I’m sure I’d visit your site more often. Anyway, you can drop by my favorite online hang out too, at UK Student Community. Thanks!

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