"Among the things I thank God for most, is the love He gave me for animals. My heart would be emptier, and life would be less without them."
Today, October 4th is St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Prayer for Animals
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
St. Francis of Assisi
Francis saw animals as his brothers and sisters and prayed that God would work through him to help them. Birds sometimes gathered while Francis spoke, and they listened intently to Francis’ sermons. Francis began preaching to them about how God had blessed them. - Source: ThoughtCo.com