A Blessing for Caily

Caily the cat in her play tunnel

Caily hiding in her play-tunnel!

I am blessed.  I found my little Caily-Kitty at the St. Francis Animal Shelter in Venice this summer and she has been my constant companion, confidant, and receiver of tears and interminable hugs.  She is an unlimited source of entertainment. During our exodus from Florida while we escaped hurricane Irma, Caily traveled with me uncomplaining.  She spent hours upon hours in the car with me, asking for breaks every two hours, which I obliged.  In the hotel rooms, she cuddled up with me on whatever bed we had for the night, just content to be by my side. What more can anyone ask for?

This little love is precious. Caily is smart, amuses herself with all kinds of toys, and has a great appetite for food and life.  She’s happy and healthy and just glad to be with me every day.

Father Fred with pets for blessing

Father Fred with service dogs after Pet Blessing

Today, at my Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Osprey, our pastor, Father Fred, hosted a “Pet Blessing” in honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, which is this upcoming Wednesday, October 3rd. God has blessed me with Caily and today God blessed her.  It’s all very extraordinary.

I am especially fond of the St. Francis Prayer of Peace that I will share with you all here:

St. Francis Prayer of Peace

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled
As to console; To be understood,
As to understand; To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are
Born to eternal life.
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Peace be with you all.

Julianne