Yesterday, October 4th was the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is known for many things; he founded the Franciscan Order of monks as well as the order of the Poor Claires women’s Order. He was an iterant preacher and is the patron saint of Italy. St. Francis is also known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the saint’s humility towards nature is recounted in the "Fioretti" ("Little Flowers"), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after the saint's death. It is said that one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to "wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds." The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away.
It is common practice in many denominations to offer a pet blessing on or near the commemoration of St. Francis. Peace will be holding its annual pet blessing this Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 am under the portico at the north entrance. We will hear a couple of Bible passages, a prayer, and then each pet will be blessed individually. We will have treats for both pets and owners so come and be blessed!
See you Sunday!