I am an animal lover and nature enthusiast. Today I celebrate the Catholic Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. As you may or may not know, St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He is known, among other things, as the Patron Saint of Animals. The prayer that follows is is also associated with him.
A Simple 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 discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
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 pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
This is a prayer that I try to recite often to myself, particularly when I struggle with God’s will. I have found that this simple prayer speaks volumes to me of the humility and humanity that I need in my life, and that this world is so desperately in need of, too.
As an animal lover, and proud pet-parent, this day has special meaning for me. I realize not everyone shares this view, but I cannot imagine having grown up as a kid without pets (mostly dogs and birds), nor can I now as an adult imagine my life and household without pets in it (a dog and 2 cats). OK, sure, so we humans have to constantly have lint rollers handy. Or, as is the case now, have to accept that there really is no good reason for wiping the cat hair off my lap as I post this blog at my computer, when I darn well know that as soon as she jumps off my lap, (and sure enough, here we go…), the dog will instead jump up into it, claiming victory and becoming the latest shedding culprit.
Wouldn’t have it any other way. Peace to you and yours, whether they be 2- legged or 4-legged.
PICTURED HERE: IN CELEBRATION OF TODAY, BUDDY BUSTS A MOVE…