What does a Whippet, a West Highland Terrier, a few cats, a St Bernard puppy and a Gecko have in common?
They all attended the St Francis day Blessing of the Animals at St Stephens today.
Along with a German Shepherd, Italian Greyhound, a couple of miniature Dachshunds and several other dogs of various breeds. All blessed today by Father Daniel, and although they were blessed today they are a blessing everyday to each and every one of their families bringing joy and relaxation to the humans that they care for and keep in line. No I did not say that wrong - I have a cat, she keeps us in line, making sure we tend to her needs and making sure our priories are in line;
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.