As St. Francis’ feast day, it is traditional to bless the animals in honor of his teachings.
May all creatures be freed from their suffering
May all creatures be freed from their illness.
May those in fear be comforted
And those bound be set free.
May all creatures lost in this wilderness
they do not know
be guarded by the love of celestials
and may they be led to a place
of everlasting peace.
Buddhist Prayer, adapted by Lynn L. Caruso
And because I feel like Love is a blessing unto itself, I also want to share these words.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.