‘Never give up’ Hope propels homeless student to top of class

I try to keep things in perspective. When wave after wave of unexpected and urgent things hit on the same day, I can sometimes feel off-balance and a little sorry for myself. Why everything at once, I ask? I cover the situation with hope and prayer and count my blessings. In my heart, I know there will be days filled with waves of good surprises.

Griffin Furlong’s story is a great reminder of what hope, fueled with determination, can do. My woes, great and small, really come into perspective. He reminds us to ‘Never give up,’ regardless of the circumstances.

Prayer for pets and all God’s creatures

On October 4, Catholics observe the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. In the Catholic Church and other denominations, it is traditional to bless animals and pets on or near that day. pet blessing cartoonSt. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology. He advocated respect for all of God’s creation, including the earth, centuries before “global warming” became a heated topic. No matter what faith beliefs you may hold, let us pray for all the animals — the ones who labor, curl up at our feet or run free in the wild — especially the ones who are sick, scared or injured. May we show respect to one another and all of God’s creation.

Prayer for Animals

God Our Heavenly Father, 

you created the world to serve humanity’s needs and

to lead them to you.

By our own fault, 

we have lost the beautiful relationship

which we once had with all your creation.

Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with you

we will also restore it with all your creation.

Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from you and Francesco-7p

to treat them with respect for they are your creation. 

We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect.

May the order you originally established

be once again restored to the whole world

through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,

the prayers of Saint Francis and

the merits of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you now and forever. Amen.

— St. Francis of Assisi, additions added later, prayer from www.churchyear.net

Pet blessing cartoon from http://firstlutheranparkersburg.com/worship/special-services/special-blessings-/blessing-of-animals.html

Image of St. Francis of Assisi by unknown artist from climaterocks.com