During the first 1, years of the Christian Church there were many saints who loved animals. They lived with them, rescued them, nursed them and saved them from hunters. In turn, many saints were helped by animals. We have listed some of these saints below in order of their feast days.
We hope that the information on them is useful and that you can ask your priest to remember them during services on their feast days for their love of animals. The Saints and Their Feast Days. O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom thou has given the earth as their home in common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of travail.
May we realise that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life. When Gertrude was 10 years old, King Dagobert tried to arrange a marriage between her and the son of an Austrian duke in order to form a political alliance, but Gertrude refusSt Gertrudeed to marry him because she wanted to become a nun in the church instead, saying that she would only be married to Jesus Christ.
Gertrude did become a nun, and she worked with her mother to start a monastery at Nivelles, Belgium, where they both served as co-leaders. Gertrude helped build new churches and hospitals, and she took care of travellers and local people in need such as widows and orphans.
She also spent lots of time in prayer vigils. Gertrude was known for offering hospitality to animals as well as people. She was kind to the cats that hung around her monastery, offering them food and affection. Later, he became a hermit, living on Farne Island in a small cell. There he made friends with the birds, giving them his protection from hunters and sharing meals with them.
He is the patron saint of otters, and after standing waist-deep in the North Sea during his nightly prayer vigils, two otters would come and warm his feet. Although he is best known as the founder of the Oratory Movement, he embraced vegetarianism on the grounds of animal welfare, not just on the grounds of abstinence.
He also set captive birds free which, by their own choice, would not leave him. Animals were attracted to him. At one time, someone found a young bird in the chapel and brought it to him. Philip told them not to squeeze the bird or hurt it, but to open the window and let it fly away. On another occasion he was given a brace of live partridges for a meal, but he set them free.
He would also insist on flies being let out of the window instead of being swatted. He released captured mice into places of safety and expressed pity for animals on their way to slaughter. He cared for humans as well as for animals and saved an ex-Dominican heretic from execution.
St Melangell is the Welsh patron saint of animals. His hounds pursued their prey into a bramble thicket and, following them, he found a young woman praying and given up to divine contemplation, with the hare lying under the fold of her garments.
The baying hounds also came under her calming influence and the exasperated prince gave up the chase and sat to listen to her story of escape and exile from Ireland. Impressed by her piety and courage, he made a vow to present her with his lands for the service of God, that they might be a perpetual asylum, refuge and defence.
Melangell lived there as a solitary for 37 years, after which a church with a shrine was built over her cell. Her church remained a place of sanctuary throughout the Middle Ages and the hares continued to be protected in the parish. The conservation society, Cymdeithas Melangell, now promotes animal welfare. St Hubert c — AD is inaccurately known as the patron saint of hunters.Francis of Assisi c. He abandoned a life of luxury after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and to live in poverty.
His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a wealthy cloth merchant, and his mother was a French noblewoman. His father was traveling when he was born, and his mother had the baby christened Giovanni, the Italian name for John the Baptist.
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His father wanted a man of business, not of God, and renamed his son Francesco, or Francis, reflecting his love of France. The boy grew up in wealth, learning archery, wrestling, and horsemanship, but fell in with a group of young people prone to wild parties. Francis reportedly said later, "I lived in sin" during that time. He was expected to follow his father into the textile business, but the thought of that life bored him.
He dreamed of a future as a knight—in effect, a medieval action hero. So byhe had joined a militia to fight for Assisi in its war with the Italian province Perugia. The Assisi forces lost and Francis was captured. By his dress and equipment, his captors knew Francis was from a wealthy family and was worth a ransom, so they let him live.
A year later his ransom was paid; in the interim, as he later reported, he began receiving visions from God. After returning home, he came across a leper in the country. Instead of ignoring him, Francis, changed by his experience as a captive, embraced and kissed the man and was filled with sensations of sweetness and joy. Francis became convinced that God wanted him to help poor people, so he abandoned his possessions.
Despite his vow of poverty, Francis needed money to rebuild the church, so he sold some of his father's cloth and a horse. His father took him before the local bishop, who told Francis to return his father's money. Francis stripped off his clothes and gave them and the money to his father, saying God was now his father.
This event is credited as Francis' final conversion. The bishop gave Francis a rough tunic and, dressed in these humble clothes, he began his work. Francis prayed that God would perform miracles through him. Another time, three robbers stole food and drink from Francis' community. Moved by Francis' actions, the robbers joined his order and spent their lives giving instead of taking from people. Francis saw animals as his brothers and sisters and prayed that God would work through him to help them.The Catholic Church venerates more than 10, people as saints — many of them associated with unusual things.
For example, St. Bibiana is the patron saint of hangovers, St. Columbanus of motorcyclists, and St. Balthasar of playing-card manufacturers. Below, you will discover why St. Francis of Assisi is considered the patron saint of pets and animals. His father was a prosperous silk merchant who loved France and was married to a French noblewoman. Growing up, Francis the short version of Francesco enjoyed a life of luxury and privilegebut he and his family were not members of the nobility.
Thus, the ambitious youth dreamed of distinguishing himself during military battle so he might receive the elevation in class he desperately desired.
In his early twenties, Francesco received two such opportunities. First, his hometown of Assisi went to war against another Italian city, during which Francis was captured and imprisoned in a dungeon. Deprived of luxury and privilege for about a year, he quickly resumed his former life of excess and indulgence as the son of a wealthy family after his release. Not only did this revelation show him the futility of his current lifestyle and ambitions, but it also instructed him to return home immediately.
After spending the rest of his life in poverty while spreading the Christian doctrine, Francis eventually grew ill and died in at the age of For these reasons, among others, St. Francis of Assisi became the Catholic patron saint of pets and animals. Today, pet owners often pray to this Catholic saint to bless their pets, and countless pet cemeteries contain a statue, mural or some other image of St.
Francis on their grounds. Francis of Assisi. Retrieved January 5, January 10, January 11, Chris Raymond animalshistorypetssaint. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The Life of St.
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May 15, Chris Raymond 0. What Does R. Actually Mean? October 10, Chris Raymond 0.Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area.
Angels can also be named as patron saints.
A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint's life and when we ask for that saint's intercessory prayers to God. For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass -- even though it was taking place miles away.
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More Saints Search Search Saints. Trending Saints: St. Faustina Kowalska St.Learn More. Today on the liturgical calendar is the Feast of St. He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures and allegedly preached to even the birds. In recent years, many congregations have started to bless pets and other animals as a way to mark this day and honor his spirit. He was born into a 1 percent family, the son of a prosperous silk merchant. But on a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St.
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Peter's Basilica and went on to live a life of poverty as a friar. Actually he was an outspoken and controversial social activist. Indeed, why is it that a statue of him is sometimes found in quiet gardens? Where the Episcopal Church is arguing he belongs is in a more public, visible space. We at Bread for the World might argue that he even belongs in the political sphere — somewhere near or on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. The religious order that Francis founded — the Franciscans — has a reputation closely associated with poverty, simplicity of life, and care for the poor.
Francis identified so closely with people who are poor that he gave up all of his wealth to become one of them.
While none of us in the 21st century U. One way we can do this is to speak for and with them before our government. But who will lobby for people who are hungry and poor? Who lobbies for them in Congress? Perhaps we as hunger activists can adopt St. Francis as our patron saint as well. We are in the midst of election season, and candidates are listening. They want to know what voters want. Candidates are making promises and plans for their time in office.Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity.
He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environmentand it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October. Inhe went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs.
Francis is also known for his love of the Eucharist. Paul Galatians to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. Francis of Assisi was born in late or earlyone of several children of an Italian father, Pietro di Bernardone dei Moriconi, a prosperous silk merchant, and a French mother, Pica de Bourlemont, about whom little is known except that she was a noblewoman originally from Provence.
Indulged by his parents, Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man. He spent money lavishly. In this account, he was selling cloth and velvet in the marketplace on behalf of his father when a beggar came to him and asked for alms.
At the conclusion of his business deal, Francis abandoned his wares and ran after the beggar. When he found him, Francis gave the man everything he had in his pockets. His friends quickly chided and mocked him for his act of charity. When he got home, his father scolded him in rage. Aroundhe joined a military expedition against Perugia and was taken as a prisoner at Collestrada, spending a year as a captive.
It is possible that his spiritual conversion was a gradual process rooted in this experience. Upon his return to Assisi inFrancis returned to his carefree life. A strange vision made him return to Assisi, having lost his taste for the worldly life. In response, they asked him laughingly whether he was thinking of marrying, to which he answered, "Yes, a fairer bride than any of you have ever seen", meaning his "Lady Poverty". On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St.
Peter's Basilica.InFrancis became the first saint in history to receive the stigmata the wounds of Christ crucified. Francis, revealing him to be one of the most popular and beloved saints of all time. In a subsequent speech, the Pope encouraged Catholics to follow the example of Saint Francis by embracing all creatures as members of a single family and by offering respect, dignity and care to each family member.
Respect for life and for the dignity of the human person extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God cf. Ps He offers Christians an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation. As a friend of the poor who was loved by God's creatures, Saint Francis invited all of creation—animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon—to give honour and praise to the Lord.
The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples. And may he remind us of our serious obligation to respect and watch over them with care, in light of that greater and higher fraternity that exists within the human family.
The earliest books about Saint Francis were written by Thomas of Celano, a member of Francis' religious order who knew the saint personally. Thomas' books reveal Francis' love for animals and his conviction that religious faith and care for God's creatures go hand-in-hand. When the holy one of God saw them, because of the outstanding love of the Creator with which he loved all creatures, he ran swiftly to the place.
He greeted them in his usual way, as if they shared in reason. As the birds did not take flight, he went to them, going to and fro among them, touching their heads and bodies with his tunic. He clothed you with feathers and gave you wings for flying. Among all His creatures, He made you free and gave you the purity of the air.
You neither sow nor reap, He nevertheless governs you without your least care. They stretched their necks, spread their wings, opened their beaks and looked at him. They did not leave the place until, having made the sign of the cross, he blessed them and gave them permission. On returning to the brothers he began to accuse himself of negligence because he had not preached to the birds before. From that day on, he carefully exhorted birds and beasts and even insensible creatures to praise and love the Creator.
Francis and animals. Regis J. Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.