October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. If one looked closely at his life, one would find how he was a radical for his time. His life of putting aside the worldly thoughts and embracing the ways of God is really what his life was about. The ways of God included the care of all creation. Even though we need to know more about St. Francis, many of us know him through his love of animals. In this First Down, I am offering a blessing prayer that everyone can use with their animals. We honor God by loving and caring for all creation, including the animals in our lives.
In Your infinite wisdom, Lord God, when You created the universe you blessed us with all living creatures. We especially thank you for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life. Their presence very often helps us get through trying times. Kindly bless my pet. May my pet continue giving me joy and remind me of Your power. May we realize that as our pets trust us to take care of them, so we should trust You to take care of us, and in taking care of them, we share in Your love for all creatures.