The following prayer to St. Francis is dedicated to all those whose life has been graced by the unconditional love & affection of a fur child; and especially Hemingway, an awesome cat who, with wanderlust in his heart, visited his world but always managed to find his way home to share his life , love & adventures with us.
With a new day, and only 24 hours since Hemingway died -- an eternity and a minute all at once, it is the song "Stand a Little Rain" (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) that aid in mending my broken heart and brings peace ... and joy; while making prophetic the words ..." if we are ever gonna see a rainbow, we have to stand a little rain."
Prayer to St. Francis of Assisi
(The Patron Saint of Animals)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.