Francis of Assisi, Friar

Loyal friend is gone, but his spirit still inspires

He was the mayor of Baylor Street, proclaimed innocent by the neighbors even after the Fire Department blamed him for that suspicious blaze. He greeted shoppers at Whole Foods Market and offered spiritual insight to his best friend, an Episcopal priest.

Until his death Aug. 26, Sam Houston was a revered theologian “a rare canine version” whose near-death experience in a house fire 10 years ago gave him legendary status in some circles.
Tonight, on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, the Rev. Bill Miller will do his part to keep the Airedale terrier’s legacy alive.

The Collect for Francis of Assisi, Friar

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Those of us who have pets give thanks for them today. Those of us who have lost pets remember them today. And all those of us who love animals, please consider donating “time and talents” to an animal rescue group today.

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