Monthly Archive for October, 2010

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St. Francis’ Day Blessing of Animals

Ben Harrington, Connor Houghton and Ryan Compagna read stories of St. Francis and the animals as Henry and Henriette the chickens await their blessing in their box.

Ben Harrington, Connor Houghton and Ryan Compagna read stories of St. Francis and the animals as Henry and Henriette the chickens await their blessing in their box.

Officer Kelly and the new Weare K9 dog were a special hit at the blessing. The dog, presently just designated 26, showed a special interest in Tom Beland's rabbits. So criminal bunnies better watch out around Weare!

Officer Kelly and the new Weare K9 dog were a special hit at the blessing. The dog, presently just designated 26, showed a special interest in Tom Beland's rabbits. So criminal bunnies better watch out around Weare!

Baronness, Martha Peterson's horse, gets her blessing.

Baronness, Martha Peterson's horse, gets her blessing.

Chamois (Shammy?), John Heckman's new puppy, probably won the cuteness award.

Chamois (Shammy?), John Heckman's new puppy, probably won the cuteness award.

A great turn-out of human animals came for the blessing.

A great turn-out of human animals came for the blessing.

Bonnie the goat, with Holy Cross treasurer Yvette Desmarais.

Bonnie the goat, with Holy Cross treasurer Yvette Desmarais.

Shannon Tolley of Holy Cross and Shannon Camaro of the S.P.C.A. made it happen!

Shannon Tolley of Holy Cross and Shannon Camaro of the S.P.C.A. made it happen!

Pentecost 19/St Francis Day October 3, 2010

Genesis 2:4-10, 15-20a                                                     

Galatians 6:14-18                                                                

Matthew 11:25-30                                                             

 This homily was preached at the Eucharist following the blessing of animals for St. Francis Day. The lections are chosen with reference to that occasion.

So here is the title of a new book which caught my eye: Some We Love [these words superimposed on the silhouette of a cute Labrador puppy], Some We Hate [the silhouette of a rat], and (the punch line) Some We Eat [the silhouette of a pig]. The subtitle of the book, which I haven’t read but intend to, is Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.*

Last Sunday we tried to bring some straight thinking to one of the concerns of St. Francis of Assisi, the poor and the outcast. Today we turn our attention to another of his concerns, animals and the environment. If we just blessed pets – the animals we love and on which we lavish billions of dollars in care each year – we would be sentimentalizing what St. Francis stands for. As people who try to bring moral judgment to our lives, we need to go more deeply. Continue reading ‘Pentecost 19/St Francis Day October 3, 2010’