St. Francis of Assisi
Patron Saint: Animals and the Environment Feast Day: October 4
St. Francis of Assisi was known for being grateful for everyone and all things. His contagious joy and exemplary integrity pricked the conscience of an entire civilization, and the Franciscan spiritual renewal was born. How could St. Francis be inexhaustibly joyful without any social position, wealth, or possessions? His secret can be summed up in one word: gratitude. By renouncing all worldly attachments, his heart became wide open to receive the ever-flowing gifts of God’s love in every single reality. May St. Francis ignite within us a new sense of wonder and gratitude as we, too, experience a spiritual renewal. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment because his love of God was so powerful that he shared it with all of creation. Wear this jewelry as your reminder to be God’s instrument of peace and love today.
May St. Francis pray for us, and may he inspire an increase in gratitude in our daily life.
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;And where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master,Grant that I may not so much seekTo 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.Amen.