“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
Francis of Assisi
Every year on or around October 4th, Christians celebrate the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi.
Animals are taken to churches around the world for a blessing in his honor.
So who this guy Francis?
Was he the first animal activist?
He was a former soldier who gave up his fighting armor, to dedicate his life to helping the poor instead. Francis is also known for trying to negotiate peace between the Muslims and Christians who were fighting at the time.
Francis was seen preaching to groups of birds and other animals. He would talk to the birds and urge them to thank and praise their Creator. His followers also mentioned that wild rabbits came to him.
Legend tells that Francis tamed a dangerous wolf who was terrorizing a village. The saint made a pact with the wolf, that if he stopped killing the village animals and people, he would receive food. The wolf agreed to the peace pact and became a pet of the townspeople who all ensured the wolf was fed. A happy ending for all.
Over the years, Saint Francis gained many followers and the religious order of Franciscan monks was established.
In honor of his love for animals, a church tradition now exists of blessing animals in October. Around the world, St Francis is known as the patron saint of animals.
You can even find St Francis Dobermans
What do you think of this tradition?