Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. Our church had a blessing of the animals service via Zoom. Participants brought their dogs and cats to their computer to receive the blessing from our priest.
I don’t have any pets right now. I attended the Zoom anyway and requested that we remember the variety of creatures that live in my backyard: squirrels, feral cats, raccoons, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and a family of raucous crows. They are part of the ecology of neighborhood.
Also, here is something else in honor of the day: