human-animal bond http://apr.org en Blessing of the Animals http://apr.org/post/blessing-animals-0 <p></p><p>St. Francis of Assisi was a thirteenth century friar who left a legacy of love and compassion for all living creatures.&nbsp; Churches and schools are named for him and statues of him adorn public places and private gardens.&nbsp; He would be pleased to know that eight centuries later&nbsp;he is the inspiration for the annual&nbsp;blessing of&nbsp;the animals.</p><p></p><p>*******************************</p><p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 39166 at http://apr.org Blessing of the Animals