This week is St. Francis of Assisi Week, October 1-8.
According to Wikipedia, Saint Francis of Assisi is a man who lived in the 12th century. He was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment and he
is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
Francis preached the teaching of the Catholic Church, that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to
praise God and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards
of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves.
Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals.Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates this tells that in the city of Gubbio, where Francis lived for some time, was a wolf “terrifying and ferocious, who devoured men as well as animals”. Francis had compassion upon the townsfolk, and went up into hills to find the wolf. When he found the wolf, he made the sign of the
cross and commanded the wolf to come to him and hurt no one. Miraculously the wolf
closed his jaws and lay down at the feet of St. Francis. “Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts and you have done great evil…”, said Francis. “All these people accuse you and curse you… But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people”. Then Francis led the wolf into the town, and surrounded by startled citizens made a pact between them and the wolf. Because the wolf had “done evil out of hunger”, the townsfolk were to feed the wolf regularly, and in return, the wolf would no
longer prey upon them or their flocks. In this manner Gubbio was freed from the
menace of the predator. Francis even made a pact on behalf of the town dogs,
that they would not bother the wolf again. Francis, to show the townspeople
that they would not be harmed, blessed the wolf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi
Blessed Gardening and remember to “bee” positive!