Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Saturday, October 1, 2016
Prayer and Blessing Animals
This is the third year I have blessed animals on the first Saturday of October. I love it! Praying for our furry friends. What a blessing to me.
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. It is because of him that we do this “blessing of the animals.” Not that blessing of animals is not a good idea. On the contrary! Yes, it is a marvelous opportunity to come to a place where I have the opportunity to see unconditional love in action.
Why don’t I show others that kind of unconditional love?
Very few people in the world have been able to love with an unconditional love. When I read sections of the Bible, I am amazed at the violence, Yet, I am also amazed by the love in those pages.
I consider animals and their love for us to be exactly what Jesus would like us to do. Please, God, help me to love others with as much faithfulness, as much support and encouragement. Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.
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