Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Patron Saint of Animals - St. Benedict

St. Benedict
Picture source.

Today Holy Mother Church celebrates the Feast of St. Benedict.  He is known as the father of western monasticism.  He is very well known for his miraculous jubilee medal. and for his rules for daily living.

Interestingly, he is also known for helping domestic animals.  It would be a good idea to pin the St. Benedict's medal on your pet's collar or cage.  The following is from the EWTN page:

"...Even domestic animals have been visibly aided by it when infected with disease."

So Happy Feast of St. Benedict everyone! He is now one of this blog's patron saints.

Prayer To St. Benedict

O glorious St. Benedict, 
sublime model of all virtues,
pure vessel of God's grace! 
Behold me, humbly kneeling at thy feet. 
I implore thy loving heart to pray for me (and my pet N_______) before the throne of God. 
To thee I have recourse in all the dangers which daily surround me. 
Shield me against my enemies, inspire me to imitate thee in all things. 
May thy blessing be with me always, so that I may shun whatever God forbids 
and avoid the occasions of sin.
Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces of which I stand so much in need,  in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. 
Thy heart was always so full of love, compassion, and mercy 
towards those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. 
Thou didst never dismiss without consolation and assistance any one who had re-course to thee. 
I therefore invoke thy powerful intercession,
 in the confident hope that thou wilt hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I so earnestly implore (mention it), if it be for the greater glory of God and the welfare of my soul.

Help me, O great St. Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to be ever submissive to His holy will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.

Prayer is from EWTN and has been slightly modified in order that we can pray for our pets.


Jeanette said...


Please pray for my two missing dogs. They wandered off the morning of July 9th and have not returned. Sophie is a German Shepard/ Border Collie mix and Sophie is a Beagle.
I live out in the country on a small farm and have looked and looked. But still no sign of them of were they might have gone. Just a paw print on the back parts of the farm. I really don't know what else to do. I've looked and prayed so much it all just hurts. I want my babies to come home. Pleas help. Thank you.

Esther Gefroh said...

Jeanette, your prayer request has been posted. Are both dogs named Sophie? We are praying.

Lou Ann/PA said...

Bless you, Esther, and many many thanks for letting us know about St. Benedict!!
This is exquisite news!!

Esther Gefroh said...

Lou Ann, isn't it wonderful that our list of patron saints keeps growing! God bless

Hollie said...

This is awesome!

laika metro said...

Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Pray that man may understand that animals are our friends that they too are a creation of God. Pray for man's
sins that God may have mercy towards us for our cruelty to Gods being.
Pray to an end to cruel gas chambers in Canada USA and the world used to kill stray dogs abandoned hurt or non adopted animals in shelters. Lost dogs are usually gassed in pounds within three days with cats. Pray for an end to this to euthanasia by electrocution yes animals such as dogs or cats are put to sleep by electrocution or shot depending if urban or rural locality.
Pray for an end to animal fighting organised by criminal groups by dogs or cats being boiled alive in oil in China Vietnam Korea for food. 50 000
dogs were eaten in one week in China during a feast. Yes dog meat!!!
Dogs being killed to make sex pills!! Dogs n cats being used in labs for research etc. Pray to our heavenly. Father that this may stop!!

Carole Emond said...

Bonjour! Notre petite chienne est partie de chez nous (Cowansville, P.Q.)le 31 octobre 2014. Elle est perdue, errante, a été vue dans un bois plusieurs jours plus tard, loin de chez nous. Peut-être qu'elle a été dévorée par les bêtes sauvages. Peut-être qu'elle est morte de faim et de froid. Ou bien elle a été recueillie par des gens compatissants. Je suis très attristée et je me sens responsable de ce qui lui arrive. Je demande vos prières pour son retour, si cela est possible. J'ai encore un petit espoir, tout petit. Merci! Carole

Esther Gefroh said...

Carol, I saw your other comment. I posted your prayer request. We are praying for your little dog (petite chienne). God bless.

Patty Hinkle said...

May I request a prayer for my lost grey tabby cat Shock.. He's my best friend and has helped me through my depression and loneliness.. I like to say that he saved me... He's has come home for 3 days and he always comes home at night and food... I'm fearing the worst... Pray that he's okay and safe... That he comes back to me... Thank you and many blessing

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying, Patty.

Anonymous said...

for mama kitty who is having uti problems and for buster her son and for jake who is 20yrs old and is fading

Unknown said...

Please pray for my dog Max. He is a Siberian husky. He is 8 yrs old. He is my 5 yr old son's best friend. Max is very sick..he has bilateral pneumothoraxes....both lungs collapsed . He is on complete bedrest. If this doesn't work he would need needle aspiration to pull air off and if that doesn't work they would suggest chest tubes..I wouldn't put him through that pain. Please pray that God heals him.we want to have many more years with our wonderful loving dog.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for Gizmo, a lovable and gentle cat. He is not well and possible lymphoma... waiting for confirmation. He has been the best companion cat ever, bringing my sister through a very hard time. She is not ready to part with him yet. Please, I ask you to heal him for the Glory of God.

Abby De Vega said...

Please pray for my dog charlie a malel shih tzu puppy, he hasn't been well and currently confined in a pet hospital. Please include him in your prayers.. Doctors said there is 50/50 percent chance of recovery and we're hoping ang praying for strength and healing. Thank you and Godbless us..

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my dog zoey.She has Addisons disease and now she is having jaw spasms and the doctors dont know whats wrong with her. She is an alot of pain please pray for her to be healed. Thank you and God bless you!

Joanie Regalado said...

Please pray for rabbits Praline she has seizures.

Joanie Regalado said...

Please pray for Praline my rabbit she has seizures

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Praline.

wolf said...

Please pray for Kristen her dog has heart worms and isn't doing well pray she can become stable for treating her heart worms her dog name is Crystal she's a 7 year old pitbull... Thank you...

Esther Gefroh said...

We are praying for Crystal and Kristen. God bless

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my dog Max. He is 10 1/2 years old golden retriever and is experiencing back leg joint problems making it difficult to get up. He also had severe rheumatoid arthritis in his shoulders. He is all I have in my life. I just want him to be better. Thanks you.

Marta Niere said...

Please pray for the fast recovery of my sick dog Candy please make her liver healthy again including her heart ,lungs kidneys qand other parts of her body,.Please make her stand,and be able to walk ,please heal her paralysis Lord.I love CANDY so much,she gives us joy and happiness and shes barely 4 yrs old pls add more life to my dog. Pleaseguide also the Veterinarians attending to as well as nurses and attendants pls give them wisdom .Today is the 6th day of her confinement hoping tommorrow you will shower your miracle of healing. Thank you.

Sheri Gonnell said...

I pray for my neighbor's cat, Oreo. They moved one street over, and took him with them, but they let him out and he stays at our house now. Even though I pay attention to him, he's sad and lonely. I worry that as the weather changes he's going to suffer. Please intercede with this troubled family, help them to take more care for their pets, Oreo especially. I also pray for my other neighbor who has a dog that lives outside with no shelter. I pray for all animals who are abused, neglected, homeless and helpless. In Jesus name, Amen.

Rebecca Daniels said...

Please pray for my dog Sparky. He has a large tumor in his stomach and has spread to his heart.
He is dying. My Sparky is almost 13 years. He is my love and companion. I can’t bear to see him suffering. I am praying for a miracle if it’s the will of God if not I pray that God remove any form of pain and suffering and that God takes him peacefully in his sleep.
Thank you. Love and blessings