God Bless The Furry Creatures

by Renaissance Girl  

October 4 – the Feast of St.Francis.  Here we are in Texas — Gloriae Dei Cantores on the road.  I think more than half of us have left a furry friend at home to make this trek, and St. Francis Day came and went without our being able to take our beloved pets to the Blessing of the Animals at the Church of the Transfiguration at home.  It’s always an adventure, bundling up the cats in warm blankets to carry them (and remain unscratched), checking to be sure all the leashes are secure, piling rabbits, turtles, hamsters, and various furry (or not so furry) creatures into their respective carry-cases and making the journey to the Common, hopefully to arrive with all the animals you started out with!  Then, to a cacophony of barks, meows, snorts, hisses, and whines, the clergy invoke the name of Francis, lover of all God’s creatures, and proclaim God’s blessing on the menagerie!  It’s always fun, and a little crazy, and I’m sad not to be there this year.  So my spirits are lifted when a beep announces the arrival of an email, and it is a video clip from a friend at home, watching the event from way up the bell tower, and there, in the lower right hand corner, I spot my boy, patiently standing with tail wagging, and I whisper my own prayer for him and thanks to God for bringing him into my life!


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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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