Each year, as we honor St. Francis of Assisi, who embraced a life of poverty, denounce all material values, and devoted himself to serve the poor.
Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired, but probably the least imitated; few have attained to his total identification with the poverty and suffering of Christ. Francis left few writings; but, of these, his spirit of joyous faith comes through most truly in the “Canticle of the Sun,” which he composed at Clare’s convent of St. Damian’s. The Hymnal version begins:
Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
To thee be ceaseless praise outpoured,
And blessing without measure.
Let creatures all give thanks to thee
And serve in great humility
Francis is also known for his love of all of God’s creatures, and so we celebrate St. Francis’ feast day by blessing our sweet companions, our pets. Join us, bring your animals for God’s blessing upon them.