Oil Dedicated to St Francis (Patron of animals)
St Francis (Patron for Animals) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Dear St. Francis, patron of animals, we come before you with gratitude for your boundless compassion and love for all creatures. As we navigate the joys and challenges of life alongside our animal companions, we seek your intercession. Bless us with the wisdom to care for and cherish the animals entrusted to our stewardship.
Guide us, St. Francis, in our efforts to create a world where all living beings are treated with kindness and respect. Help us to appreciate the beauty and significance of each creature, recognizing the interconnectedness of all life. St. Francis, we entrust to your prayers the well-being of our animal friends and ask for your blessings on all creatures great and small. Amen.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
St Francis Healing oil was expected to follow his father into the textile business, but the thought of that life bored him. He dreamed of a future as a knight—in effect, a medieval action hero. So by 1202, he had joined a militia to fight for Assisi in its war with the Italian province Perugia. The Assisi forces lost and Francis was captured.
By his dress and equipment, his captors knew Francis was from a wealthy family and was worth a ransom, so they let him live. A year later his ransom paid; in the interim, as he later reported, he began receiving visions from God.
After returning home, he came across a leper in the country. Instead of ignoring him, Francis, changed by his experience as a captive, embraced and kissed the man and filled with sensations of sweetness and joy.
St Francis Healing oil became convinced that God wanted him to help poor people, so he abandoned his possessions. At a Mass in 1208, Francis heard a gospel in which Jesus Christ tells his disciples to minister to people: “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff.” Those words confirmed his calling to live a simple life. Preach the Gospel to those in need, and rebuild the Christian Church.
Despite his vow of poverty, Francis needed money to rebuild the church. So he sold some of his father’s cloth and a horse. His father took him before the local bishop, who told Francis to return his father’s money. Francis stripped off his clothes and gave them and the money to his father, saying God was now his father. This event credited as Francis’ final conversion.
The bishop gave Francis a rough tunic and, dressed in these humble clothes, he began his work. Francis inspired other young men to abandon their possessions and join him, working with their hands. Sleeping in caves or huts, talking about God’s love and forgiveness, praying, and ministering to the poor, including lepers.