Hi guys. Last week I went on a little outing. Lemme tell you all about it.
Thursday, October 4, was the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Now for those of you who may not know, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. Many stories regarding St. Francis’s life are about his love for animals and the environment. You can read more about him here.
Many Catholic churches celebrate the Feast of St. Francis by having a Blessing of the Animals. The mom, being a good catholic girl, learned that one of our local churches was having a Blessing that day and decided to take me. I got to go instead of Ernie or Zoey because neither of them like being in the carrier, aka the PTU (prisoner transport unit). Ernie has been known to yell at the top of his lungs when he’s in there. And Zoey…well, sometimes she makes a mess in the PTU, if you know what I mean. Now I don’t much like the PTU either but I rarely complain about it. So the mom packed me up and took me to church to be blessed.
The blessing took place outside on the steps of the church. As I suspected, there were lots of dogs…in fact, there were only a few other cats besides me. And one rabbit.
A lot of the dogs were barking up a storm, and it was kinda cool and a little windy, so I stayed huddled in the PTU, safe and sound.
The priest, Father Michael, came out and welcomed all of us. He said a prayer for all us animals.
Then he got out what I call his magic water wand and proceeded to splash all of us with holy water.
He walked through the crowd saying hello to all of us and threw the water. Don’t worry…being in the PTU, I didn’t get wet at all. In fact, that magic wand really didn’t throw much water…more like a sprinkle.
The ceremony didn’t last very long…maybe about 10 minutes or so. Then we headed home.
When I got home, I curled up and took a nice long nap. All that blessing stuff was exhausting! Y’know, I don’t feel any different now that I’ve been blessed. But I know I’m way more holier than Ernie and Zoey.