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Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

~Pope Francis~

Did You Hear?

That Saint Francis of Assisi fought in the military?

When about twenty, Francis went out with the townsmen to fight the Perugians in one of the petty skirmishes so frequent at that time between the rival cities. The Assisians were defeated on this occasion, and Francis, being among those taken prisoners, was held captive for more than a year in Perugia.

READ 11 other fascinating facts about the most revered Saint in history.


Good News

Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi—OCTOBER 4th—BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Saint Francis of Assisi took the Gospel literally by following all that Jesus said: And he said to them, “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature”…They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the preaching by the signs that followed. Amen. ~St. Mark 16:15,20~

Francis preached the teaching of the Catholic Church, that the world was created good and beautiful by God, but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves.

The Roman Ritual – The Book of Blessings is approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See and states referring to the Blessing of the Animals:

942 – According to the providence of the Creator, many animals have a certain role to play in human existence by helping with work or providing food and clothing. Thus when the occasion arises, for example, the feast of some saint, the custom of invoking God’s blessing on animals may be continued.

Many of the stories that surround Saint Francis deal with animals and his recognition of the whole of creation being his brothers and sisters. But, Francis had an especially blessed relationship with animals, even having a pet rabbit as one of his many pets.The Blessing of the Animals commemorates St. Francis’ homage to pets and their lasting effect on owners. In many parking lots across the country and the world, beloved pets and animals will be blessed with holy water and prayers, acknowledging them as “good gifts” from a gracious God and asking the Creator for his continued care and blessings upon them. We are to remember one very important fact about Jesus and His promise of redemption:

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation: for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. ~Colossians:1:15,20~

In the News

Father Greg Friedman, OFM, American Catholic.ORG

We celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and the whole of creation he embraced as brethren. As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice a procession of animals—from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses—being led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

Picture of the Week

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI July 2006

Ask Susi

QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.


Susi’s Weekly Column

Saint Francis of Assisi and Murray Bodo

~by Susi Pittman

I am forever in love with Saint Francis of Assisi. His life speaks more spiritually to me today than any other person. His teachings are more relative today than perhaps the time he lived in. In getting to know Francis so well, there is a Franciscan Friar who wrote the masterpiece that changed my life. You must meet him!


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

It is the universal attraction that all animal lovers seek, that close encounter with a pet or wild animal when you know that something special is taking place and it is incredibly beautiful.


A Poet’s Voice


~ Paula Veloso Babadi

It is paradoxical in every sense how we energize from weariness when the needs of someone else beckon us into action, resulting in an unexpected and amazing refreshment of our soul.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nocturnal Visit

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS

The deep of night has much to offer…and for Virginia, her insomnia was her ticket into the creature world that lives in the dark.


A Recommended Read & Review

It’s the two most favored books by our readers here at Catholic Stewards of Creation and Michele has reviews for both: Animals In Heaven? Catholics Want To Know! and Will I See My Dog In Heaven?



Weekly Commentary

Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals & the Ecology~by Joseph Kaiser

Each year in the first week of October, Christian churches of various denominations hold a traditional “Blessing of the Animals.” The blessing of animals is done on a day near October 4th because that is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is renown not only as the founder of the Franciscan Orders, but also for his love of animals.


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Geology & Archaeology

Assisi’s Cathedral – Rebirth After Earthquakes

The original construction work to build the Cathedral in Assisi took place in record time. In 1230, the lower church was almost completed and the Saint’s body was placed into the grave where it still lies today. Upon the Lower Basilica, the Upper Basilica was also swiftly built, and both were beautifully frescoed. Then the 1997 and 2007 earthquakes took their toll.


Global Weather

South Carolina endures 6th 1,000 year rain event since 2010

The biblical flooding in South Carolina is at least the sixth so-called 1-in-1,000 year rain event in the U.S. since 2010, a trend that may be linked to factors ranging from the natural, such as a strong El Niño, to the man-made, namely climate change.

So many “1-in-1,000 year” rainfalls is unprecedented, said meteorologist Steve Bowen of Aon Benfield, a global reinsurance firm. “We have certainly had our fair share in the United States in recent years, and any increasing trend in these type of rainfall events is highly concerning,” Bowen said.


Discovering Catholic Writers


race Mazza Urbanski is director of Children’s Ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer in the United States. She is a blogger (Praying with Grace) and contributor to CatholicMom.com and its Gospel Reflection Team, Catholic Bloggers Network, Catholic 365, and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She serves as a keynote speaker and workshop designer for marriage preparation and married couple events for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and frequently speaks to parents, teachers, and children throughout the United States in her role with the Apostleship of Prayer.

Urbanski graduated summa cum laude as an undergraduate and also earned a master’s degree from Marquette University, where she was formerly a lecturer in the English department. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and a member of several other honors organizations. Urbanski is also a professional vocalist and voice teacher. She is an active member of her parish, St. Mary’s Visitation, where she serves on the pastoral council and is former chairman of the Catholic Formation Committee.

Urbanski and her husband, David, have five children. They live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Visit her WEBSITE.


Pope Francis, in a recent weekly address to pilgrims and visitors at the Vatican in August 2015, reminded parents that it’s their responsibility to teach their children how to pray.

“There are children who have not learned how to make the sign of the cross!” the Holy Father lamented. “You, mother, father! Teach your children how to pray, how to make the sign of the cross!”


Quote of the Week

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

~St. Francis of Assisi~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Francis of Assisi


Catholic Climate Covenant

There are 78 million Catholics in the United States and 17,000 Catholic parishes. Working together, we can fight climate change and protect the people we love. Not only do Catholics care about climate change, we have the power to overcome it. At Catholic Climate Covenant, we build relationships between people with common values and a shared commitment to protecting the people and places that we all love.




Saints For Sustainability

As an expression of our Catholic Franciscan Identity, the University of St. Francis community demonstrates
respect for all creation by being responsible and ethical stewards of God’s resources, meeting current needs
without sacrificing the survival, health and success of future generations and by advocating on behalf of
the under served in our world. Affirming our commitment to ensure all of God’s creation
is used and sustained in manners that safeguard the health and survival of God’s gifts, the University will:


God’s Green Earth

Wild Autumn Day in the Forest

Farm News

MICHELA FARM—Sisters of St. Francis—Oldenburg

We, the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier. From our life in community we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through our presence and service. Enlivened by a spirit of justice, reconciliation and peace, we collaborate with others in responding to the needs of the world.”

We fulfill these words by being women of prayer in the ministries we do and the places where we are present. Since Vatican II opened the doors to the many needs of the world, we minister in education, parish ministry, social service, healthcare and social justice.

Michaela Farm is sponsoring a Fall CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) program beginning the end of September. Join us now for weeks of fall harvest from our own produce using natural farming practices.

Register HERE…

Steward Alerts

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on FACEBOOK.

Click HERE

Steward Activities

Stories about Saint Francis of Assisi to tell your children

Stories abound of how St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) could communicate with animals and felt at one with all creation. Here are a few of the stories that were first recorded by Thomas of Celano during the 13th century.


A Song Before The Lord

Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord

Environmental Education

The Francis Effect II

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. With its focus on ecology and creation, the book offers readers insight and challenges to what Pope Francis calls “the greatest moral challenge of our time.


Youth Stewardship

A GUIDE FOR YOUTH: So you think you want a career working with animals?

“Many people tell me ‘I couldn’t do your job,’ and I think – How could you not want to work in a place where you get to make people happy? Get to give people peace of mind? Or get to take animals who have not been treated well and maybe have been abused and give them a brand new home where they can sleep on the couch and do all the other great things pets do?” remarks Oregon Humane Society executive director, Sharon Harmon. “I think I’d like to work with animals as a career because they have a way of cheering me up. When I see them hurt I always want to help,” explains Nicole Covey, an Eight Grader from Crow-Applegate Middle School in Crow, Oregon.



World Peace Rose Garden Assisi

International World Peace Rose Gardens (IWPRG) is a nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of creating beautiful rose gardens for peace on public, accessible sites. Planted on some of the most cultural, historic and sacred grounds of the world,
World Peace Rose Gardens have been created to focus on different peace themes.


Wellness & Nutrition

What would Saint Francis eat?

The Poor Man’s Soup!

Conventual Franciscan Father Kurt Kreml, pastor of St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, where a three-day celebration of the saint’s life will unfold Oct. 2-4, not only answered the question but offered inspiration for a recipe.

“In the accounts we have of him, Francis and the friars always ate simply. He and the friars would go through different neighborhoods begging for food. Everyone was expected to come back with one thing for the soup pot,” said Father Kreml.



The Cosmological Delusion

Prof. Hawking’s latest book “The Grand Design”, with its “multiverse” hypothesis, is, of course, just another attempt to debunk God. This in itself is nothing new, but the fact that its author is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences should give ground for reflection.

The question is how does the anti-God club get away with it? If its ideas were based upon sound science there would be some excuse, but in the case of Hawking’s book, astrophysicists themselves admit that his hypotheses and others regarding the cosmos are speculative to the extreme. There is no empirical proof whatsoever; everything is based upon extrapolation.



The True Story of the Wolf of Gubbio



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