St. Francis and our Connection to the Earth
by Kevin McGrane,
Priest-in-Charge at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. James
Creation Care Ministry Chair
"So, why do we bless animals on the feast day of St. Francis?" you might ask. Lots of parishes did that over the weekend, but why? Well, we need to understand that Francis was more than a lover of animals. Francis re-animated an entire spirituality that had been buried under centuries of middle-ages scholasticism: a love for God's own created world.
"Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.”