St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals and the Environment


"Not to hurt the creatures, brethren, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it." --Saint Francis of AssisiOn October 4, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.A Franciscan monk who lived in the thirteenth century, Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Italy; but following a dramatic vision, he forsook his high-spirited wealthy lifestyle and embraced … [Read more...]

All Creatures Great and Small, the Lord God Made Them All

Well now, here we are—I'm traveling, and I'm so darned busy this week! And in keeping with my new policy of posting an occasional guest blog, I thought I’d share a post I particularly enjoyed.Russell E. Saltzman, “Thursday columnist” over at First Things, has a splendid column up this week about the wildlife in his own yard—particularly the nest of mourning doves which have taken up residence on his patio.I love the birds and chipmunks and squirrels that make our yard their home (or, more acc … [Read more...]