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St. Francis of Assisi

The Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology

Saint Francis is an inspiration to the love in my heart for the animals.  This love for creatures and its foundation for the respect of all life is an inspiration for us all.images.jpg  In a time when animals were last in line to be treated with any respect, Frances understood the need that respect begins with the lowliest of all.  He wasn't a mere sentimentalist about bunnies and birds and pets; he simply lived from his heart the respect for all creatures-animals and human-that Christ's incarnation brought into the world.  Through humble divine love, Francis discovered the same compassion that human laws, centuries in the future, would require of us all.