Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Blessing of Our Relatives

Me, rejoicing in Chica and Tuxedo, my friend Jan's horses, at San Gabriel, Corrales.

May your abundant ✠ blessing rest upon these creatures who are our companions in the journey of life. Amen.

Let us also remember the less fortunate creatures of this world.

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for those animals that are suffering; for all that are overworked and underfed and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat against the bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened; for all that are in pain or dying; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for those who deal with them a heart of compassion, gentle hands, and kind words; that they may share thus the blessing of the merciful. For you, O lord, will save both human and beast, and great is your loving-kindness. Amen.

--the BB


susan s. said...


David said...

this is my favorite picture of you, and I've saved a copy to file.
File title: Paul the blessing, blessing.

here, on la rue Evangeline, our resident blessings are Georges, the energetic orange tabby, and Willie the blessing wonder (daschund) who truly keeps us grounded in the blessedness onf each new day.

Thank-you Paul the blessing

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Amen, dearest friend!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Beautiful, Pablito, the blessing, the horses, and that there man in the alb. This is, without doubt, now my favorite picture of you, too.

BooCat said...

Thank you, Paul for the blessing. It is now posted above Boo and Doc's food dishes in the breakfast room, complete with your great photo.

It was also good timing for little Sweet Cheeks, a baby squirrel brought up last week by a friend's cat and given to my care. Today, Wildlife and Fisheries found a professional wildlife rehabilitator to continue working with him. (He went off with a copy of your prayer.)

Ten years ago I managed to get two back into the wild, but I was 10 years younger and this late and life baby was killing me! LOL

Grandmère Mimi said...

I stole the entire post, but I gave you credit and a link, m'dear.

it's margaret said...

A truly wonderful picture Paul.

Yes, Paul the Blessing, blessing.

Paul said...

Blessings on your kindness to animals.

The prayer, btw, is a Russian prayer that I found in a collection of prayers compiled by the late Rev. Dr. Massey Shepard.

TheCunningRunt said...

How easy it is for some to consider our fellow travelers lesser than us, and how wrong that conception seems to me. One can tell an awful lot about a person by the way they treat animals.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion. You're a balm in this callous world!