The stories of St. Francis and his connections with animals are well known. In our own family, where we have had our share of fish, gerbils, bunnies, birds, dogs and guinea pigs, St. Francis is rather popular.
But none of my children seem to emulate him quite as much as my daughter, Riley. She is my animal lover. The one who forces me into the pet store every time we pass. The one who still cries for our dog who passed away a year ago. The one who sleeps with a ceramic Yorkshire terrier statue complete with our departed dog’s collar until we get her a suitable—living—replacement. My little St. Francis.
Today as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, places across the world will be taking part in the tradition of blessing animals. You can search for a blessing near you. Or read more about St. Francis and animals.
Tonight, our family will celebrate by holding our very own pet blessing to honor all of our beloved pets both those with us and those past. I suspect that Riley will be front and center—along with her ceramic dog.