Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals and Prayers

"God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good."
- Genesis 1:31

Mosaic at St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa. Photo by Esther
"Saint Francis of Assisi was named the patron saint of ecology in 1989 for good reason.  We might say that Francis saw with the eyes of God.  He saw that all of creation was good, very good.  Francis treasured each part of the created world that he viewed-from lofty Mt. Subasio where Assisi nestles to the tiniest worm creeping along the dusty road never his hometown.  Francis believed that ll creation was God's gift and was therefore to be treated as a treasure.  In 'The Canticle of the Creatures" Francis praises God for all creation-the sun and the moon, the stars and the heavens, the wind and air, water and fire, flowers and fruits and herbs.  Francis' heart overflowed with gratitude for all God's gifts.



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Francis was following Jesus who also treasured creation to such extent tht he used creation images as the basis for explaining spiritual truths to those who flocked to him.  He spoke of seeds and sheeps, figs and fields, pearls and plants, wheat and water.  He spoke of these elements of creation to bring people closer to God."

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Prayer for a Dying Pet

"Loving God, our beloved pet and companion, __________,
is on his/her final journey. We will miss ________ dearly.
We thank you for the gift that he/she has been to us.
Give us hope that, in your great kindness,
you may restore ___________ in your heavenly Kingdom
according to your wisdom,
which goes beyond our human understanding."

by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M


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A Pet Blessing Prayer
"Blessed are you, Lord God,
Maker of all living creatures.
On the fifth and sixth days of creation,
you called forth fish in the sea,
birds in the air and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis to call all animals
his brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless these animals gathered about us.
By the power of your love,
enable these creatures—our sisters and brothers—to
live according to you plan.
May we always praise you for your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen."
by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M


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St. Francis and the Birds

St. Francis has often been linked with birds and other creatures. Many of us are well acquainted with the statue of St. Francis on the birdbath and with the illustration of birds flying around the saint's head or standing on his shoulders. Such images inspire us to love the whole family of creation. We may also be familiar with St. Francis' Canticle of Brother Sun, in which Francis praises God through "Brother Sun" and "Sister Moon," through "Brother Wind" and "Sister Water," through "Brother Fire" and "Our Sister Mother Earth" and her "various fruits with colored flowers and herbs."

St. Francis loved the larks that flew so gracefully through the sky over Assisi, his hometown. Perhaps you have also heard stories of this brown-robed friar preaching to the birds, releasing Brother Rabbit from a trap or letting Sister Raven serve as his "alarm clock" to awaken him for early-morning prayer.

There are many of us human beings, moreover, who know what it's like to have, as companions, a beloved dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil, parrot or canary. There are others who may not have a pet, but who enjoy walking through the woods or along the seacoast where there are all kinds of creatures of land, air and sea to admire and to contemplate.

"Loving Creator, bless all your creatures—
human and non-human alike.
Instill in us a spirit like that of St. Francis
so that we, too, may show love, respect and care
to the whole family of creation. Amen."

Canticle of the Sun by Marty Haugen


Sources:Thanks to Mary Jane for sharing Father Jack's e-newsletter with me.

Father Jack's Espirations

To Live as Francis Lived

130 comments:

P.H.C. Marchesi said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for posting. Too often I meet Christians who, though they consider themselves devout, unfortunately don't extend their compassion to animals. This always makes me very sad, as animals are a gift from God, and are not just there for our benefit. It is our duty to make this world a more humane world for people and animals, and to have compassion towards all.

Thanks again for your beautiful post and illustrations.

Lou Ann/PA said...

Oh Esther!! This is the most beautiful tribute to St. Francis on his Feast Day I've seen in a very long time!! God Bless you, this is so beautiful, so special, and thank you so much for sharing!!
And thank you for sharing this most special site with all of us!
Hugs and Blessings!
Hearts, hands, paws, and hooves together!

Anonymous said...

Please pray for Gray's safe return to us. He is a gray and white tabby who hasn't been seen since Sunday night, April 1. We love him so much and pray that he is okay and will come back to us. And we pray for all other pet owners who are missing the beloved pets.

Carey Drafts
Columbia, SC

Esther G. said...

Dear Carey:
I posted a prayer request for Gray's safe return home. Thank you for praying for the other pets and owners. Would you like to be added as a prayer warrior?

PJ said...

Love your site. Could you please add Salem (Bubba) to the list of pets who've died? I lost him today (9/16/12) when I had to make that terrible decision. My heart hurts so much. Your site is very healing. Thank you.

Esther Gefroh said...

Salem's name has been added. We are also praying for you during this sad time. God bless,

malvaro@sd45.vx.xa said...

please say a prayer for our beloved dog MARTIN - WHO WAS TAKEN FROM us AT 4 AND 1/2 YEARS Thursday Sept 22, 2012. He was the gentlest and most beautiful Alaskan Malamute and miss him terribly. Also pray for me and my son to help us overcome this tragedy in our lives.

Esther Gefroh said...

We pray that Martin is found and returned to you. A prayer request has been posted.

Sandy Wright said...

Please pray for my beloved Beau, an 11 yr. old Maltese who passed on December 22, 2012. My husband and I are grieving terribly. We also lost our Bruiser, a 10 yr. old Yorkie 17 months ago, whom we still grieve for. We are a childless couple, and Beau and Bruiser were and always will be our babies.......the difference between a child and a dog is two extra legs! Please keep them and us in your prayers. Thank you.

Esther Gefroh said...

Sandy, I am so sorry. We will be praying for you and your husband during this sad time. God bless.

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS MY TIA BELEN AND TIO TONY'S CHOC. LAB. HERSHEY THAT HAS JUST PASSED ON ... MAY HERSHEY REST IN PEACE ... HERSHEY DID A JOB WELL DONE ... BY GIVING MANY YEARS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS TO THE WHOLE FAMILY AS WELL AS FRIENDS ... GOD BLESS ...RIP ... NEVER FORGOTTEN

Esther Gefroh said...

So sorry for the loss of Hershey. We will be praying for your auntie and uncle. God bless,

Anonymous said...

Please pray for Buku who was diagnosed with cancer. God bless, and thank you.

Esther Gefroh said...

Your prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my wee dog feargal he is 11 and just found he has an enlarged liver and cancerous cells I can't bare to loose him he is my life please pray that he will not suffer

Esther Gefroh said...

Your urgent prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my baby Lucy. She was a 5 year old Yorkie. She died suddenly on November 8,2013. Her passing has left a huge hole in my heart. She was the love of my life. I'm having a very difficulty time coping with her loss. God bless and thank you!

Esther Gefroh said...

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Lucy. We are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Please Pray for my buddy, and dear companion Sasha, unless by some mirical she is spared, she will by making the journey home. My only hope is that she doesn't suffer. She's a tineie Gray tabby that has brought great joy to my life, when I was sick, now that she is sick, I feel helpless to help her, and don't know what I'll do without her. I've had her for 13 yrs. Since she was a kitten. I Love her so much! Please Pray for her!
God bless you all. I feel your pain....
Doug

Esther Gefroh said...

Doug, we are praying for Sasha.

Liz Hardman said...

On New Years day we lost our 9 mos old Lab , Lola, to a tragic accident. She was a blessing that came into our lives during a time of challenge for our family. Little did we know when we got her that only 2 mos later our son would be diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Her love was what kept us grounded during this challenging time we were to face. She provided each of us with unique support at the end of each day. Giving my son a bright spot to look forward to each day and also waiting for him when he would come home from hospital stays for chemo treatments. She was our inner glue. All to be taken tragically from us on a day of new beginnings. Jan 1st.
The heartache is indescribable to any pet we've lost. I think because we didn't get to give her the life she so deserved. I feel I let her down by not protecting her. As day 3 of grieving continues so deep, I'm trying to find the answer of why she was taken , the one thing that brought us happiness during such a hard time for our family..... So I am seeking to find a deeper faith, a prayer... Anything to help ease this pain we each feel. It hurts so that it takes my breath with grief. Please help us through this to see some light.
I pray....
Liz

Esther Gefroh said...

Dear Liz: We are very sorry for your loss. As pet owners, we know the pain the loss of a beloved pet causes. We are praying for you and your family. God bless, BTW, your prayer request has been posted.

Lori Murphy said...

Dear friends,
my beloved little girl, Margaux, is slowly dying after being my heart fior over 18 yrs. I am truky broken and so afraid. I pray for the Lord's strength to do what I need to do for her comfort though it will kill me in the process. I don't know how I will cope with life without her but I will just have to try. She will be joined with her brothers and littermates when she reaches the Bridge. I pray one day I will see her and my beloved Winston (her brother) again and that our little family will be together again. I love you with my whole being, Margaux.

Esther Gefroh said...

Lori, your prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

Beth Rebelein said...

One of our 11 year old yellow labs became seriously ill suddenly and unexpected on 5-2-14. Unfortunately for us to do what was best by her, we had to let her go on 5-3-14. We miss her terribly, and I never knew the pain of losing a pet could be so excruciating. Our kids aren't taking it well either. Please pray that we can heal from this tragedy and that we will be able to see Dodge again one day. Your info on St. Francis is soothing for the soul. We love you, Dodge!

Esther Gefroh said...

So sorry for your loss, Beth. We are praying for your family.

Kelley Boorn said...

Please pray for my grandmother and for the safe return of her lost cat, jiffy. She has his sister cat at home and they are anxiously awaiting his return. These cats are her only companions left as her family has moved away.

Esther Gefroh said...

Kelley, your prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

Peg Parks said...

Please prayer for our sweet cat, Oscar (who is a girl, in spite of her name), who we must put to sleep tonight. Oscar was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer and although we tried chemo, her blood cell number is very low. If we don't euthanisize her, her ending could be very painful. This is tearing our hearts out, especially, because she still does some of the things she used to do. Please pray for my husband, me, and dear Oscar as she makes her journey to our Heavenly Father. Thank you. Peg and Bob

Esther Gefroh said...

Peg, your prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

Ben said...

Please pray for my lost companion Tiffany Rae. She was a mini toy poodle and chihuahua mix. She passed 4/29/2014. I will miss her forever. Please pray for all the animals that are ill, injured, or have passed. And please pray for all the broken-hearts left behind.
Thank you so much,
Ben

Esther Gefroh said...

Ben, sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.

Luis B said...

Please pray for the soul of our 15 year old Munenca. We had to put her to rest yeserdat (7//19/14). This was one of the most difficult experiences I have had in my life. She was a great dog and very grateful that God let her into our lives.

Esther Gefroh said...

Luis, so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my little dog Hendrix. He has gone through multiple surgeries this month and each time, complications are showing up. If it is God's will, please make us understand and ease our pain from all that is happening. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Esther Gefroh said...

Your prayer request has been posted. We are praying for Hendrix.

Stella mum said...

Please pray for my beautiful loyal friend Stella the Staffy who is 6 years old. She is making her journey back home. Please help her to pass peacefully without the need for euthanasia. If I am not physically with her in her passing please help her to feel and know I am there. Please restore her to full health on the other side where she can chase her ball and run through the green fields. Help us to always feel her closeness and love. She is one in a million and will always be in our heart's. Only a heartbeat and a breath away.xxxx

Anonymous said...

Please pray for Frosty, my parent's 9 week old puppy who is currently at the ICU UofMN Animal Hospital. Frosty is very ill and so far no one knows why - he's feverish and dehydrated. Please pray for a full recovery.

George Androckitis said...

Please pray for our dog shilo he is in pain and he does not need to suffer anymore he was a great pet friend and companion for the last 14 years and it is his turn to rest and be with his own family his mother father brothers and sisters
Please take away his suffering and take him home he will be missed and loved forever
you will never be forgoten
dont be sad its ok its your time to rest
thank you for everything
we love you

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my cat, Curious, who I had to help leave this world yesterday. He was one of few lights in my life and the only unconditional love I've ever known. Please pray for him. I hope he can forgive me.

Rest in peace, sweet boy. Your mama loves you.

Jo

Anonymous said...

Pls pray i find 2 dogs that went missing yesterday! is there a specific prayer to find lost pets or lost things? Pls pray i find them safe!!! ty and God Bless!!

Anonymous said...

Please pray for the safe return of my juvenile monitor lizard, I am out of town and he got out on my boyfriend and I am very worried and unable to do anything, this is agony.

Esther Gefroh said...

Your prayer request has been posted. We are praying.

milkayphoto said...

Please pray for our beloved cat, Cleo. She is 21+ years old and on her final journey. We are making her as comfortable as we can, telling her how much she is loved and giving her permission to let go. This is the hardest thing we've ever had to do. We were hoping the time to go would be of her choosing but we may need to interfere as we would llike her suffering to end and for her to go peacefully. Please grant us the strength to cope with our decision. Your site has helped tremendously as our hearts are aching. God Bless.

milkayphoto said...

Please pray for our beloved car, Cleo. She is 21+ years old and making her final journey. She has been very ill and is now very frail and weak. We have made her as comfortable as we possibly can, telling her how much she is loved and giving her permission to let go. We hoped the time to depart would be of her choosing but we may have to make that decision for her. This is the hardest thing we've ever had to do. Please grant us the strength to cope with this great loss un our lives. Your site has been a tremendous help to us. Thank you and God Bless.

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you and Cleo. My beloved cat, Conor, is facing end stage liver cancer. He is just the sweetest, gentlest, most tender fellow. When I was ill and needed surgery, he never left my side once I was home. I would often wake up in pain, to find him purring at my side, gently stroking my face with his front paw. He is everything to me.

We are also hoping to have him end his life on his own terms in his own home, surrounded by loved ones. But we don't know if he will become so uncomfortable that we will have to bring him to the vet. The vet thinks he isn't in pain, just uncomfortable from abdominal bloating. Please, those of you with loving hearts, please pray for my Conor.
Thank you for your time.
-Kerri

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Cleo and Conor, and all the other pets.

milkayphoto said...

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Yesterday, the vet came to our home and Cleo left us peacefully and surrounded by such love. Our hearts are aching but we are positive we made the right decision for her, giving her the gift of peace. Her spirit is all around us.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Conor. What I can tell you from our experience is this: the waiting is harder than the ending. Conor will tell you when it is time, just as Cleo told us. They are such strong and giving souls and far braver than we are.

Hugs and God Bless.

Esther Gefroh said...

Very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Cleo. I am very glad she was home with her loved ones. I know you must miss her very much,

Thank you for your kind words. You were quite right. The waiting was the agony.
Conor's last day was lovely. He jumped up in the front bay window to bathe in the sun and people watch. He loved to watch the neighbors jog and bike and especially walk their dogs. He followed the family around the house to supervise their various goings-on. In the afternoon he retired to a bed pillow I had put out for him on the dining room floor, where he had the best view of activity in both the kitchen and the living room. We noticed him turn away from us and when we called his name he wouldn't pick up his head. He was the type of cat to always come when called. I went over to him and he let out two sad little meows that broke my heart. we immediately called his vet practice, his vet practice of over 11 years, the vet we had spent almost a thousand dollars at less than a week ago diagnosing him, and asked if we could come in to put him to sleep.
They told us no, sorry, they were fully booked for the rest of the afternoon! They were open for another hour plus, but would not take us, even when we pleaded. They directed us to an emergency hospital about 45 minutes away. ( his actual vet is a wonderful caring compassionate saint, but was not on duty that day, but still we were shocked by the treatment bythe rest of the staff. We had discussed what would happen if Conor needed to come in when she was off and she assured us he would be in good hands).
We called another vet office nearby, that we had never been to before, and they were so kind and considerate. They treated us and Conor so warmly. I will forever be grateful to them. The vet tech, the vet, and the woman at the desk all offered condolences and hugs after he passed away.

I'm sorry to ramble but just needed to get that off my chest. Please feel free to edit it severely if it's not appropriate. We never realized the his vet office would cause us so much grief in the midst of our trying to do right by him. I wish we had a vet around here who would make a house call.

Thank you so much for the wonderful site and everyone's kind thoughts and prayers,.
I hope Conor and Cleo are playing together by the rainbow bridge, along with everyone else's dear little friends.

Esther Gefroh said...

I am glad you shared this with us. We are praying for you.
God bless

Gigi Mont said...

My kitty Princess is 18 years old n her time is coming n its so sad. I took her to vet today he did wat he could n adv to give it 48 hrs. I pray God n Jesus will take her gently to Heaven to be with the rest of my pets. Pls say prayers for her too that would be very nice. My heart breaks every time one of them leaves me. Thank you all for listening n being there.

Gigi Mont said...

Pls pray for my old girl Princess. Kitty is old, 18 years n tired and I hope God n Jesus take her gently n naturally. I took her to Dr he did wat he could n says watch for improvement in 48 hrs. Its very sad but I don't want her to suffer just want to rest in Heaven with her babies n all my other pets too. I ll never forget my friend n I hope she knows I did all I could for her n love her alot. Thank you very much for listening

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for you and Princess.

Gigi Mont said...

Thank you so much Princess peacely went home today. God n Jesus are so good they took her gently and naturally. Amen

Esther Gefroh said...

Sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.

Georgeann said...

Thank you so much

Gigi Mont said...

God Bless Eddie an 18 year old teacup chi that isn't doing well prayers please thank you

Eriberta Diaz said...

Please pray for my Bassett hound Roscoe, he has parvo and is not doing well at all, pray for strength that he may be able to make it until the morning so I can take him to the vet.. St.francis please watch over my fur baby and give him the strength he needs to fight this deadly virus, amen

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Roscoe and also for Eddie and all the pets in need.

Mary said...

Please pray for my beloved cat Emmett. 13 years ago on Christmas Eve, i was in a pet store when i saw a dirty little kitten with big ears in a cage that had a cardboard sign that read "Domestic kitten for sale. As is $39." It was heartbreaking. I took him home that night and he has been by my side for nearly 14 years. My big lovable boy has been battling diabetes for years. Unfortunately, he has been deteriorating over the last 6 months. I have been praying he would die in his sleep, but he keeps holding on. I had an appointment to have him euthanized this morning at 11 am, but couldnt do it. The vet has pushed back his appointment to 5:30 tonight. I am lying on the bathroom floor with my poor little boy now knowing these are his final hours. Please pray he wont be scared when i take him to the animal hospital, and that he knows how much i love him.

Esther Gefroh said...

How sad! Mary, we are praying.

snookieshihtzu said...

I had to say goodbye to my bestfriend less than a week ago. Snookie was my furry child, a 12.5yo female shih tzu whom I lost to stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer. She fought through 2 bouts of breast cancer and almost 5 yrs of heart ailments. She was a fighter and held on until I was ready to let go. The clinic honored my wishes. I brought in a folding bed, laid us down, covered us in our blanket and hugged her tight as she was laid to rest. She went peacefully, in my loving arms... listening to my heartbeat, as I felt her last...

I have been feeling an enormous pain of guilt, even though I know deep down that it was for the best. I pray and pray and pray that she can forgive me. I'm so sorry Snookie, mommy loves you...

Esther Gefroh said...

Very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Franz Simmering said...

I have my dog who is in deep suffering right now. He has been a very good friend to me. I ask you for prayer that he will recover back to his active and happy state. Thank you. :) His name is Blake.

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Blake.

Rose said...

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, today, after months of trying my best to help a four month old baby girl kitten, she is on her final journey to join all pets who were loved so much by their humans. This is especially hard for me today, because over the course of these four months, "baby cat" was always very skittish and weary of allowing me to get close. In this last week however, I believe she needed me and allowed me to help her in the best possible way I could. Sadly, it just wasn't enough. She was infested with fleas, in which I know have caused other major ailments, as her tummy became very swollen. She is comfortable, I have her in a pet bed, and have been giving her tiny sips of water to keep her tongue moist. She meows, but there is no sound. My heart is broke. I have prayed over her and annoited her with Holy water. I pray that her pain and suffering is small, and she will be comforted as only God can do.

Esther Gefroh said...

Rose, we are praying. So sorry.

Anonymous said...


Please pray for my friend's furbaby. Sumo is fighting cancer and has been in a lot of pain. Recently Sumo has had surgery and is now at home recovering but is still looking down a long road. Hopefully this surgery will alleviate the pain and Sumo go back to living a carefree life with his loving parents!! Thank you....

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my beloved Toby...my baby, my friend, my protector. He has been so very brave, so generous, so strong! He was diagnosed with bone cancer and colon cancer leading to kidney failure 7 months ago and was told he wouldn't last 24 hours and I should euthanize right then and there. I declined. By the grace of God and with the help of homeopathy and Chinese medicine he thrived and had great quality of life until a few days ago. He has now let me know it is time. I am staying up all night and praying Father God will take him in his sleep. Otherwise, the vet is expecting us in the morning. Please pray for Toby's transition to be gentle and peaceful. He is a light warrior of the highest and the bravest! I love you my Toby. Please give my Dad a kiss from me when you see him. Love Mama
Bella

Anonymous said...

Hi Esther,

Our community of Pojoaque, NM lost a brave, loyal and joyful companion named Bubbah, a handsome Rhodesian Ridgeback who would come tearing down his driveway and run towards me wiggling all scooby doo with pure happiness that we were going to go for a walk along the Pojoaque river road. Shark Boy, a Scottish shepherd who lived a block before Bubbah's and Ernie's place would sound the alarm and in a matter of seconds, here would come Bubbah. Nothing could keep him from jumping down over the 10 ft. of rail-yard ties supporting his yard (once he figured out he could do it) or pawing apart the front gate just enough to allow him through.
Today he raced out and was distracted by other neighborhood dogs in the road who he would ward off so just the two of us could walk together (though he often let one or two tag along, begrudgingly). A mom with 2 children were driving the speed limit and hit him with their van. All of the elements conspired to take him from us this evening. I held him on the ground wrapped in my arms and on my legs to keep him still, he couldn't move his back legs and was bleeding from his mouth and back leg.
The lady with the van went up the driveway to get Ernie, who was so very sad to see his sweet friend in such pain and unable to move except for his powerful front paws. A neighbor came and offered to put him down for Ernie, it didn't seem like Bubbah could stay alive on the 28 mile trip to town and the after hours emergency pet clinic. I probably would have taken him if he was mine, but Ernie made the tough decision.
Please say a prayer for Ernie, Bubbah and Nacho who kindly offered to do what we could not. He died on the river's edge where he loved to walk when the water was low enough. I wish for many of my neighbors that the speed limit was lower and also that their dogs could be confined to their yards, but I see how they do try and the dogs think it is a game to get out and wind up playing in the road. I feel terrible that Bubbah was running to greet me, and that he was so protective that he wanted to head off the other dogs already in the road. Even though he allowed me to put him on his chain near his dishes and dog house each night after we walked (unless the other dogs followed us up to his house and Ernie wasn't home).
Bubbah had an abundance of happiness and his "do the twist" shuffle dance was infectious. I will always miss him and his valiant soul. Each time a certain questionable guy slowed down to talk to me, all of Bubbah's hackles on his ridge would go up, and stay up until he left, as compared to all the people who slowed to say how handsome he was.
If there is a doggie heaven, I'm sure Bubbah is there now- if there is such a thing as reincarnation, he'll be back as a kindly prince or king- or court jester, for how he could get people to laugh with his sheer enthusiasm.
'Miss you Bubbah, the most handsome boy!
Cori

Unknown said...

Pray for our little girl who died today. She had bacteria in her body that was found to late. My heart aches and hope someday we will meet again in heaven. Lord please kiss her head for my wife and I.

Unknown said...

This is perfect. I believe heaven has a special place for animals. I'm going through my dog Roxie's final stages as we speak. I can't help but to hope and pray she goes peacefully. My heart goes out to all animal lovers who have been, and will be in my position.

Unknown said...

This is perfect. I believe heaven has a special place for animals. I'm going through my dog Roxie's final stages as we speak. I can't help but to hope and pray she goes peacefully. My heart goes out to all animal lovers who have been, and will be in my position.

Gigi Mont said...

Please say a prayer for my daughter's beloved 15 year old pitbull that went to Heaven on 01 07 16. My daughter and her kids are very sad and miss him alot. Thank you for your prayers.

Janice Wyndham-Quin said...

Please say a prayer for my beloved pet Chihuahua Billy who was my friend and companion for 11 years. He passed away yesterday 15 Jan 2016. He brought so much love and joy to me. See you in heaven Billy. I will always love you and God will look after you now.

Janice Wyndham-Quin said...

Please say a prayer for my beloved Chihuahua Billy who passed away on 15 Jan 2016. He was my friend,son and companion for 11 and a half years. God will look after you now Billy my boy. I will love you forever. See you in heaven.

Janice Wyndham-Quin said...

May he rest in peace in heaven.

Janice Wyndham-Quin said...

Prayers for Roxie

Jules said...

Add Buggs my bunny who passed away January 19th 2016 to your blessing list. I pray that his soul will be protect in heaven and that he is peaceful and has a happy journey in heaven Love your companion, friend and mom Julie and Adam and Roy

Jules said...

I ask everyone to pray for my bunny Buggs who passed away January 19th 2016. He was a very good rabbit and good with kids. He was handsome and looked like Buggs bunny. I pray that God protect his soul in heaven and that he has a happy and loving journey in heaven. He will be sadly missed by his owner Julie, Adam and Roy.

Giulia Lombardozzi said...

Please pray for the beautiful Luna, our family dog who passed away yesterday on the 9th of February. She will be very missed, and I pray that her soul has now joined our other pets in heaven who have been part of our family, Tobia, Lisa and Lollo, and that our family can find peace through the pain we are going through for her loss. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for our dearest aistralian shepherd Red, who was hit by a car and died tonight. He just turned one. He was such a blessing to us and gave us so much joy and love. We are grieving so much.

Esther Gefroh said...

Very sorry for your loss! We are praying for you.

Marisa said...

Please pray for our dog Uma. She is our 9 year old German Shepherd rescue. She is so affectionate and just has been amazing. In the past week she wasn't feeling well and we took her to the vet thinking it was a flu. It turned out to be kidney failure. We had her at the vet and they were treating her but her kidney is beyond help. We brought her home yesterday and we are having someone come to our house today at 6:00 pm to euthanize her. We are soooo devastated. We can't imagine our lives without her. Please pray for our Uma. Thank you, Marisa

Calen C said...

Please pray for my lovely husky Zora. She succumbed to her injuries of a hit and run car accident. She was a wonderful dog that really showed me how strong a bond can be between man and dog. She was a beautiful 35 pound husky that I found in a shelter searching for huskies to adopt. She had one eye she was blind in but I didn’t care about that and it never slowed her down. She had a beautiful white coat that was so soft to pet. She loved meeting other dogs the most and her favorite thing was to go to the dog park where she could run and play with the others. She also liked to chase my cat Frankie around the house. She was kind to him even though occasionally he would scratch her nose. She just wanted to play with him, and never harmed him in any way. She looked like a white fox when she ran because of her shape and the way she would do a little pounce when she ran. I found out she had heart worms shortly after adopting her which we had just completed the last part of the treatment for. She was still on exercise restriction and it was probably why she was so eager to run on Valentines day.

It started out as any other Sunday but around noon I came home from running an errand and Zora was spinning around wanting to go outside. She always got that way when i returned home, whether I was gone an hour or all day at work. I opened the door and Zora took it as her cue to run free. By the time I put my shoes on she was out of sight, and by the time I doubled back to go the other way I heard the bang and her cries. It all happened within 5 minutes. I ran as fast as I could and found her in the ditch. When I was nursing Zora in the ditch she was in a lot of pain and she started to bite my fingers. I let her because I thought it would comfort her. After her teeth broke through my skin she eased up on her jaw. It just shows what kind of dog she was, that she would be in pain like that but not want to hurt me. A lady in a Jeep Wrangler was nice enough to stop and drive her back to my house, where my neighbor David took us to the pet ER.

The day after Zora was stabilized at the hospital I spoke with the surgeon. She suffered a broken pelvis but also severe nerve damage to her tail, rectum and urethra. Her anus had no muscle tension and was fully open. Even with surgery to repair her hip, her chances of regaining function in her ability to use the bathroom were slim. I reached out to friends who really came through for me, whether it was in person or over the phone, and every bit of empathy helped.

It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but one I felt would be best for Zora. God can judge me if I was wrong. I thought I was tough but this has wrecked me. Thank you to everyone who helped me through this difficult time, and thanks to this site that provided me the wonderful prayer for her as she passed.

Now, Zora can see out of her blind eye and is cured of all heart worms and broken bones. She is free to run anywhere her little heart wants to now. May God comfort her and keep her forever young. Someday I’ll see her again.

Anonymous said...

May you find comfort in your memories of Zora and may God give you peace in understanding that you did the right thing for Zora to end her suffering and pain. That decision as most difficult it was came from your love for her and I for one believe you will certainly be reunited with her again one day. For now she runs free of all pain from this world and patiently waits for you at the Rainbow Bridge. RIP Zora

Lynn Bouler said...

Please pray for my cat, Angus. He died on Friday. He became ill suddenly and when I took him to the vet they diagnosed him with an inoperable tumor in his stomach. He was in pain, so I let him go. I was with him, and as a Catholic, I prayed a "hail Mary" and blessed him in my own way. I miss him terribly as he was my sole companion during a very difficult time in my life. Life is much better and I have many things to look forward to and I hoped he would be here. He was only ten.

Paula Gannon said...

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DARLING MALTESE DICKSON WHO WAS LAID TO REST YESTERDAY. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVED AND ADORED HIM ALL 9 YEARS AND WE HAD ME YET TO EXPLAIN TO OUR DARLING 4 YEAR OLD HOW DICKSON HAS PASSED. PLEASE PRAY FOR US X

Paula Gannon said...

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DARLING MALTESE DICKSON WHO WAS LAID TO REST YESTERDAY. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVED AND ADORED HIM ALL 9 YEARS AND WE HAD ME YET TO EXPLAIN TO OUR DARLING 4 YEAR OLD HOW DICKSON HAS PASSED. PLEASE PRAY FOR US X

Anonymous said...

I lost my dearest cat thomss he was almost 15yrs I am. Having a hard time bless others in their time of loss c.h.

Unknown said...

Please pray for my sweet kitten Angel. He has been a bright spot in our family for over 17 years, and has recently been experiencing a rapid decline in health due to his kidney failure. I am having such a hard time with the thought of him passing, and now it has been decided that we will be putting him to sleep tomorrow evening to avoid anymore discomfort to him... i know that it is for the best, but i can't help but cry at the thought of him not here in his home. I have tried my best to make final stage of life as comfortable as possible, but my heart feels so conflicted about choosing to end his life... I want him to not be afraid, i want him to know how loved he is and i to know that this choice was made in the thought that it would be the best for him... please pray for us. Thank you

Tami said...

Please pray for our boxer Mia. She has been a very faithful and loving dog for the past 8 years. We just found out today that she doesn't have much more time with us . Her day and hours are short. Through the intercession of St. FRANCES please help our Mia out. Please pray for my husband who has been very broken hearted about this news. I pray God will give him strength to get through this struggle in life. It's very heart breaking to see the one's you love have deep suffering. I know that one day we will see Mia again and I know it's best that she shouldn't have to suffer. Please Lord help Mia and help her to not have to suffer more then she should. We love you Mia and our hearts break for you.
I am not selfish as I wanted them to put her to sleep, but as I watched the hurt in my husband I could not tell him no. So we decided to go ahead and bring her home for a few days. I hope it was the right choice but I don't like the suffering Mia has to be in . Please Lord and all that will be praying for Mia help her to not suffer more then she already has.
In Jesus Almighty Name Amen

Johanna Diaz said...

Dear friends,

Our beloved pet dog, Myka, has just passed away early this morning. She was just 2 plus years old but that was tge time when the family was in trauma and she brought so ,uch love, friendship and companionship during those years. She was also the first dog of my 5 yr. Old daughter then, Julia. She is still asleep and will tell her when she wakes up and we'll bury her together. We love you Myka. Rest in peace and play in heaven. Thank you so much for your added prayers.

Anonymous said...

Could you please add Loverboy to the list of pets in your prayer. currently he is waiting for his death and it is hard for me to see him like that I wis I could do something for him . please add him to your list. Thank You

Steve Spieker said...

Please pray for our dear pet, friend, and family member Ellie. Today we will make the hardest decision we have ever made. Ellie is an incredible 14 1/2 year old black lab. She and I have been therapy dog partners for a little over 6 years and she has spent countless days in my classroom positively impacting hundreds of students. I am devastated to lose her, but pray that her memory will live on forever in the people she touched, and with God's will, my family will find the healing necessary and that we may see her again one day. We love you so much Ellie!
Thank you everyone for your prayers for Ellie, our family, and for her dear friend Bandit who remains with us.
Steve S.

Steve Spieker said...

Please pray for our dear pet, friend, and family member Ellie. Today we will make the hardest decision we have ever made. Ellie is an incredible 14 1/2 year old black lab. She and I have been therapy dog partners for a little over 6 years and she has spent countless days in my classroom positively impacting hundreds of students. I am devastated to lose her, but pray that her memory will live on forever in the people she touched, and with God's will, my family will find the healing necessary and that we may see her again one day. We love you so much Ellie!
Thank you everyone for your prayers for Ellie, our family, and for her dear friend Bandit who remains with us.
Steve S.

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Ellie and your family. God bless.

Pilotguy said...

Please pray for my cat, Daisy. She is my chill and I love her with all my hear and soul. She was my protector when I was sick and she offered my love and comfort during that time. I ask for prayers for healing so she can be part of our family for years to come. Thank you all God Bless.

Dennis Gorlin said...

Please pray for my dog Prince, he has Fibrosarcoma in the jaw and has only weeks to LIVE, he is a Labrador cross germamshepard very gentle and kind dog, will be missed so much...blessings.

Dennis Gorlin said...

Please pray for my dog Prince, he has Fibrosarcoma in the jaw and has only weeks to LIVE, he is a Labrador cross germamshepard very gentle and kind dog, will be missed so much...blessings.

Dennis Gorlin said...

Please pray for my dog Prince, a beautiful Labrador cross germamshepard very kind and generous he has Fibrosarcoma in the jaw and not much time left will be very missed, thank-you for those who will pray for my dog and God Bless..

Vicki said...

Please send prayers for Rosie, my little companion of nearly 17 years. She has congestive heart failure and has collapsed twice this week. Please pray that she might pass in her sleep in peace, and not be in pain or have to go back to the vet's office. I would consider it a beautiful ending for her, and a direct answer to prayers.
Thank you to everyone on this site, and prayers for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Pray for our little girl Kela who died on August 22nd, 2016 after 15 years, 8 months and 3 days of bringing joy and love into our lives. She was loved, she was my best friend, family and little girl, she is missed greatly. My heart is breaking and I hope someday we will be reunited in heaven. Lord please care for her until then.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous-
May you feel the peace and presence of Christ's love during this time of grief and loss of your precious Kela. Know she has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is in a land of peace, joy and free from all pain. She is not alone and will wait for you til that glorious day when she will once again run to you. Prayers said for you during this difficult time. Peace to you.

Rebecca Ottier-Garcia said...

Please pray for our family as we lost our sweet angel Max. He was a German Sheppard and Hound mix. A beautiful dog easily trained and loyal till the end. He has forever stolen a piece of our heart. 2013-2016

Anonymous said...

Please pray for our Sammy dog she was our 14 year old golden that we rescued at 1.5 years old. We had to put her down today due to lymphoma. It is so sad but we couldn't delay with her symptoms. Lord please watch over her til I can be with her again.

Heidi said...

Please pray for healing for a cat, Finn, who was given to the shelter by a family who could no longer care for him. His heart was broken, he stopped eating and developed a respiratory infection. He is being fed by a tube now and looks so sad and sick. Please pray that Gods will be done and his suffering ends.

GoldenDaze said...

Please pray for our family. We had to put down our 12 year old golden girl, Cali, due to an aggressive, evil cancer that stole our sunshine away. We had her since she was a puppy. A beautiful girl, so happy. She brought so much joy to us and everyone she met, of the human kind. As for nonhumans, not so much. I am devastated and find no relief from this astonishing sorrow. Please, God, take her in your loving arms and hold her close, until then....

GoldenDaze said...

I am praying for you. I trust that the Lord has Sammy wrapped up in his loving arms along with our golden girl, Cali. We also had to make the agonizing decision 9/7/2016 to put our girl down due to cancer. ((Hugs)).

GoldenDaze said...

We are praying for you and your family. Your angel is with you every time you think of him.

GoldenDaze said...

Lord, we pray for Finn. Please comfort him and shower him with love and healing until you decide it is his time to be returned to you. Amen.

Heidi said...

Praise Jesus for Finn's healing. He has improved, his breathing is better and is starting to eat. Please continue to pray that St. Francis intercedes and continues to pray for Finns recovery.

Rose said...

Praying for Finn. I've had him on my mind the last couple of days. I also pray for him to be comfortable and that he will heap a bounty of love from his caregivers.

Matt said...

Would you please say a pray for Cam he has a 1 cancerous tumor we know of and multiple other lumps they will be taking out to biopsy when he goes in for surgery on Thursday the 15th of September, I just hope he will be ok i can't imagine my life without him. And if it is not to much to ask if you may also say a prayer for Buddy I lost him October 18th 2009. (thank you so much)

GPVC said...

I would really appreciate prayers for my beloved Sol (our male cat, our furry son) who passed yesterday... Thank you <3

Anonymous said...

Could you please add Buddy to the prayer list. He was just euthanized tonight, 9-22-16, at 7:15 at a local animal shelter. He had done nothing wrong. They were simply out of space. He was only 5 years old.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for your beloved Carb and Buddy

Strve said...

Praying for Buddy and all the innocent animals who are euthanized for all reasons that lack love and compassion. They are not euthanized to end suffering and pain. How incredibly troubling and sad to know and understand this reality. May Buddy meet St Francis who will hold him and give him love and peace. Run free Buddy forever more at the Rainbow Bridge.

Anonymous said...

A broken hearted father.Please pray for my beautiful cat Savannah she passed last night with her family by her side. She was my heart's delight every day I came home . She was battling stomach issues and the last few months were heart breaking for all involved. I know she's in a better place but my heart is hurting so badly. We miss our girl...Any Prayers for her would be appreciated. Thanks

Larry and Glenda said...

Please pray for our 8-year old terrier named Callie. She brought us so much love, happiness and craziness that we are in shock that she is no longer with us. We released her from her stomach cancer today(Oct 7, 2016) and r trying to resume our now empty lives. Please let her enjoy wherever she is now,Lord.

Anonymous said...

Prayers Larry and Glenda for you and your precious Callie. She is now at the Rainbow Bridge free from all pain and suffering waiting faithfully for you until that glorious day when you both will be reunited with her forever more. The peace of Christ to you during this difficult time.

SOSforlawstudents said...

Our ever faithful 🐶 Mang Lando passed away tonight. Please include him in your prayers.

Can I also request that our other dog who passed on several months ago be included in your prayers too. His name was Pitlog and he was a good and reliable dog. I miss them.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you and the loss of Mang Lando and Pitlog. May they be free from all pain and in the presence of our Creator. St Francis guide them to where you are and watch over them. May your days be filled with precious memories of your dogs and may you know the peace of Christ during this difficult time.

Tracy Frankel said...

Dear Ones,

Our beloved rat/fox terrier, Speck, was released to Spirit on October 27. He had congestive heart failure. We weren't quite prepared for him to leave us yesterday at the animal hospital and we pray his Spirit is at Peace. He was such a joy to so many who have been especially touched by the depth of his eyes' gaze into their own. Our hearts ache and we hope we made the best decision to let him go yesterday.
Thank you so much for your blessings of prayer and love. Bless you.

Unknown said...

thank you for this i needed this .could you pray for rabbit the dog that was murdered he passed away last night when someone ran him over. thank you and may God bless this site

snookieshihtzu said...

I just posted here last Aug 17, 2015 when I lost my Shihtzu, Snookie. After 15 months, her best friend Chiku has followed her.

Chiku was my first and only cat amongst a big family of dogs. He was very sweet, gentle and playful. He sometimes acted more dog, than he did cat. He even felt that Snookie was his mother when he was growing up. He was heartbroken when she didn't come home. Now he has joined her. He passed on way too soon and all too sudden. 4 years with my sweet, handsome boy was much too short. I was in such disbelief that there were times I would shake him gently asking him to wake up. But I'm learning to accept and trying to find comfort that Chiku and Snookie are together again. I pray that he finds peace, I pray that he feels loved, I pray that he has companionship. I am thankful that he is no longer in pain. I trust that he will be taken care of. I miss you my catywapus. I miss you my Chikipoopoo. I miss you my handsome boy. I know Lord that everyone has his/her own time, but I beg of you not to take another too soon. My heart is still broken. Please...

Stacey- Jack's human mommy said...

Please pray for our beloved dog Jack. He was killed yesterday by a truck in the street in front of our home. He was instantly killed. We are so heartbroken with this loss. He was a loving dog who never knew a stranger. He was my constant companion and helped me through many of life's storms. Please pray that he is safe and at peace in heaven. Thank you so very much.

Winnie said...

My sweet, beautiful boy Gus died last night and I am completely heartbroken. I went in search for some sort of relief from the overwhelming sadness that fills my heart and came across this beautiful site. Please pray for him as he makes his way into God's arms and let him know I look forward to the day we meet again.

Anonymous said...

Dear Winnie....may you find peace in knowing that Gus is at the Rainbow Bridge where he is free of all pain and is basking in eternal light and joy. Find comfort in your memories of Gus and through the peace of Christ know you will someday be reunited with your dear friend . What a glorious day that will be. Prayers in this difficult time for you and may God bless you with the grace of his love and peace.

Steve