Thursday, October 4, 2007

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Happy feast of St. Francis!
St. Francis is the patron of birds and animals in general, so here's a prayer for animals:

God Our Heavenly Father,
You created the world to serve humanity's needs and to lead them to You.
By our own fault we have lost the beautiful relationship
which we once had with all your creation.
Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with You
we will also restore it with all Your creation.
Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from You
and to treat them with respect for they are Your creation.
We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
May the order You originally established be once again restored to the whole world
through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,
the prayers of Saint Francis
and the merits of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns with You now and forever.
- From Parton Saint's Index

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