Blessing of the Animals October 19 2009
I recently was part of a celebration in honor of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. All kinds of animals were there in church together – dogs, cats, birds, and even a pet rat named Odette! For a brief period of time, there was no barking, clawing or chasing. We were all together in peace (for a few minutes at least).
When it was my turn to be blessed, the pastor gave special thanks for me and prayed that I live a long, happy, healthy life. In his hand was a bowl of water. No one told me that it was blessing kind and not the drinking kind, so count me as blessed both inside and out!
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