“You may be all the Gospel your neighbor will ever read.” — Saint Francis of Assisi
I used to quote this passage to my students at the evangelical university where I taught for ten years. They always nodded in sage agreement, murmuring appreciatively—until I told them the verse wasn’t from the Bible. It’s an Islamic hadith, one of a large collection of wisdom sayings that complement and amplify the Qur’an.
I approach the Blessing of the Animals as an opportunity to share the reality that we are stewards of creation.
I have a complicated relationship with Saint Francis.
Anyone who visits our house might guess at why we love Saint Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals.
Observing feasts and seasons reminds us about what truly matters as we practice faith at home.
Special days aren’t just for Advent and Lent, they happen throughout the year. By observing just a few, we enrich our faith, and the faith of our family.
I’ve never been the kind of person on whom a bird would perch. But there’s much more to St. Francis than that.
Caring for animals helps kids know they can improve the lives of creatures smaller and more vulnerable than they are.