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Patron Saint of Animals

































October 4th is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology.


To honor him, I thought I would share two of my favorite stories about this remarkable man.


St. Francis and the Wolf


The Town of Gubbio, in which Francis had first ministered to lepers, sits on the slopes of Mount Igino, near Assisi, Italy.


I visited there when I lived in Italy – and it’s a very lovely place.


During St. Francis’s life, the town was plagued by a vicious wolf.


The stories of the infamous wolf were well known throughout the area, and the people of Gubbio lived in constant fear of it.


Francis decided to put an end to this problem and made his way to the town with one companion.


He explained his mission, and the townspeople begged the beloved Francis to remain within the town walls for protection, but Francis soon took his leave to meet the wolf.


He carried no weapons, but he asked his quivering companion to go with him. He made the sign of the cross and quickly left the city gate.


Almost immediately, the wolf ran from its cover to meet the two men. Francis raised his arm and made the sign of the cross over the wolf, and the wolf immediately stopped dead in its tracks.


Francis spoke, "Brother Wolf, come here. In the name of Christ I command you not harm anyone any more."


The wolf approached the saint and lay down at the feet of Francis.


Francis continued, "Brother Wolf, you have done much harm, not only destroying creatures of God without mercy, but devouring women and men, too, who are made in the image of God. But though you do indeed deserve to be punished, the Lord wants you to make peace with all His creatures instead."


This offer of repentance was accepted by the wolf, who placed his paw in Francis's hand as a sign of agreement not to harm God's creatures anymore.


Then, Francis, his no-longer shaking companion, and the wolf marched into Gubbio to the amazement of its citizens.


Francis preached repentance to the people, too, because sins can cause calamities, such as vicious animals, to fall on people.


He reminded them, too, that the tortures of hell are much worse than the attack of an animal. “Repent!” he called to the people of Gubbio.


He also advised them to take care of Brother Wolf who would no longer be killing for his sustenance.


From then on, the wolf went from door to door receiving food and love from the people of the tiny village of Gubbio.


St. Francis and the Wild Doves


One day a young man caught a number of wild doves, which he was going to sell. On his way, he happened to meet Francis who inquired about his intentions.


Francis then asked for the doves which he described as "emblems in scripture" so that they would not fall into cruel hands or suffer a tortuous death.


The young man was inspired, and he immediately gave the doves to Francis.


Francis embraced the doves saying, "O my little sisters the doves, so simple, so innocent and so chaste. Why did you allow yourselves to be caught? I will save you from death, and make your nests, that you may increase and multiply, according to the command of God."


Francis took the doves home and prepared nests for them, and the doves and their many offspring lived among Francis and his friars as if they had always been pet hens, rather than wild doves.




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Reviewed by Mary Coe 10/5/2008
Enjoyable and interesring reading. Thanks for sharing these stories
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 10/5/2006
Sorry, I'm late, Ed..

Thank you for sharing the two special stories about St. Francis.
You obviously walk in his shadow...

Trust you had a Blessed day.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/4/2004
A beautiful way to celebrate this day. Thanks for the sharing.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/4/2004
Thanks for sharing this Ed!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/4/2004
I said a prayer to him for you this morning at Mass. St. Francis was a rare man but there are others who are walking in his footsteps even to this day. I won't mention your name, tee hee
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 10/4/2004
Thank you! I start nearly every day reading his "Make me an instrument" prayer. See how much good can happen to the world and her people when people's lives like his become a prayer!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 10/4/2004
This is wonderful, I have read these somewhere I think before. He was a remarkable man, I have his famous prayer framed in my living-room
the one that begins "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace" he has left his mark on my life, thank you for sharing this Ed.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 10/4/2004
i love it! about 10 years ago i came across one of those statuary places that had a 2-foot tall St. Francis statue. i have such a spiritual connection with it, it's on my living room mantle.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/4/2004
A wonderful and inspiring patron saint of animals Ed...
" Make me an instrument of thy peace " is his trademark prayer...

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