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Blessing of the Animals

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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


prairie dogs
Prairie dog family

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.

                                                   Anatole Frances

Jazz in Ravenna CW
Jazz, 2003-2019. He is deeply loved and missed.


    1. Well, and to two-leggeds, too (I’m thinking birds). I miss Jazz daily and still expect to see him on the other side of the door, around the corner, etc. you all deserve blessings daily, it just once a year, but a special day is still special.

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful post 🙂 And, from my perspective, the ‘love of the celestials’ is indeed guiding and guarding all beings on the Earth through a (r)evolution of vibration into peace, love and freedom. Love&Blessings to you and All ❤

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    1. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until a few years ago. I might have if I’d been Catholic…. Everyone can bless the animals, though, and I feel sure those blessings are honored by the Divine.

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