A Blessing for Pets

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of animals

Creator God, we thank you for our pets,

cherished companions through this life’s journey.

Your presence, O God, is visible in the joy they bring,

the reminders of self-acceptance and faithful love

and the daily give-and-take we are privileged to share.

Keep them safe from harm and ill will and bless us

to enjoy the precious moments we share.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Anne Scanlan

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