Monday, October 6, 2014

The Day of the Dog

St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of animals. My calendar shows that on October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis, there is a blessing of animals. One thing I did not know is that St. Francis is the Patron of the State of Colorado. In the garden at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community there is a white statue of St. Francis holding a bird in one hand and a dog at his feet, or maybe it is a wolf. St. Francis was born around 1180 and is known for taking care of the environment as well as animals.

On October 5, 2014, there was a blessing of animals at Spirit of Christ. Those with pets were encouraged to bring them to have them blessed. The only animals that were present were dogs. Every size dog, big or small, got holy water sprinkled on them by Deacon Dick.

Good St. Francis, you loved all of God's
                            creatures. To you they were your brother and sister.
 Help us to follow your example
 of treating every loving thing with kindness.
 St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
 watch over my pet and keep
 my companion safe and healthy. Amen

I had  expected to see cats, gerbils, rabbits, fish, or all sorts of pets but all that showed up for the blessing were dogs. Maybe they are the easiest to handle. The Bronco dog wearing an orange t-shirt and Scarlett, a husky, were my two favorites. All the dogs were well behaved and spent most of their time looking around and at each other.

"The only creatures that 
are evolved enough to
convey pure love are 
dogs and infants."
Johnny Depp

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