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Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron of Animals and Animal Lovers

Similar to the voice of God heard by the Italian mystic St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), the aromatherapy formulas that come to me are Divinely inspired. The ideas and inspiration for all that I do feel as if they are coming as direct requests from God, Goddess, and legions of Angels.

This past December 2017, the inspiration to create the St. Francis of Assisi blend for this patron saint of animals and the environment came loud and clear.

To align with this saint and to get to know a little about St. Francis it is said that he heard the voice of Christ, who told him to rebuild the Christian Church. Even if you aren’t aligned with the Christian faith, the teachings of Jesus the Christ are comparatively aligned with Buddha, Krishna, and other spiritual masters teaching love, compassion, and kindness. Francis paid attention to the instructions he received and devoted himself to Christianity. He began preaching around Assisi, Italy, and was soon joined by 12 followers.

Some perceived Francis as a madman or a fool to give up his great wealth and follow the spiritual guidance he received. Others saw  him as one of the greatest examples of how to live the Christian ideal since Jesus Christ himself. “Whether he was really touched by God, or simply a man misinterpreting hallucinations brought on by mental illness and/or poor health, Francis of Assisi quickly became well-known throughout the Christian world.”

The prayer of St Francis of Assisi is a good example and a teaching to help each of us become a better person.

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

 

St. Francis founded the religious order known as the Franciscans. He became renowned for his love, simplicity, and practice of poverty like many other spiritual masters that came before him and after him.

There are many stories of how St. Francis could communicate with animals and felt at one with all creation. It is more common today to connect with people who communicate with animals and understand animals – sometimes even better than the understanding we have for fellow humans.

St. Francis was known to invoke birds, animals and reptiles to praise and love their Creator. And many times during Francis’ life there were remarkable events of Francis speaking to the animals.

On October 4, people all over the world celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. This day, in many locales, dedicates this day for the “Blessing of the Animals.”

Information for this post was compiled from ‘the Little Flowers of St, Francis of Assisi” book, the website of the Franciscan Friars and Catholic Encyclopedia.

 

Bio: Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; the Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; the Crystal Intentions Oracle; Masters, Mystics, Saints and Gemstone Guardians Cards and more. She is a spiritual entrepreneur, aromatherapist, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — a book store, in southeast Florida.  Find out more about Margaret Ann at www.MargaretAnnLembo.com; www.TheCrystalGarden.com; and www.AcademyoftheSpiritualArts.com or email at [email protected]

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