The Blessing of Animals
As you probably can tell she is all that I can really think about and want to talk about, hence leading to today’s topic!
On October 4th, there is special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi’s and his love for all creatures. He even wrote an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you , Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” There was also a testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her cat!
Almost everyone I know owns a pet, or their family owns one. They bring so much joy and happiness to our lives. They are our constant companions, friend and love. They become one of the family and are irreplaceable in our hearts. Just the thought of coming home to my little kitty makes me feel instantly better especially if I had a rough day. No wonder people will jump on the opportunity to take their furry companions to church for a special blessing. (as long as they are not overwhelmed but the situation) It is still a nice concept regardless.
At Franciscan churches, a friar with brown robe and white cord often welcomes each animal with a special prayer. The Blessing of Pets usually goes like this:
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
Bruce and his family devote their time to volunteer at the Verona street animal shelter and I myself volunteered there a few years ago. It’s a wonderful place to volunteer except for the fact you end up wanting to take all of them home with you.
Here are some cool pet facts
- Dogs can donate blood to other dogs and cats can donate blood to other cats.
- Studies have shown that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
- Over 50% of all pet owners would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet, not another person
- A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed
- Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.
- A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.
- All kittens are born with blue eyes.
- Ancient Egyptians believed worshiped cats were sacred animals.
- In Asia and England, a black cat is considered lucky
- Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!
- An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.
- Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.
- Walt Disney’s family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
- The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
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