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Reflections: St. Francis of Assisi (Animals)

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Affection of the Mother Hen

All Creatures Are Ordered to God

All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God

All Creatures Created / Sustained by God

Animals Belong to God

Animals Merit Respect & Love

Biblical Foretellings of Future Happiness Which Include Creatures

Care of Animals (Scripture)

Christ's Second Coming / Harmony Among Animals

Creation & The Fall of Man / Redemption

Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God

Every Being is Good

Excerpts From St. Anthony of Padua's Sermon to the Fish

God's Love & Care for Creation

God's Presence in All Things

Love of God's Creatures

Love of the Crow for its Young

Saints & Animals

To Love God is Natural to Every Nature

Creatures / Creation (Misc.)

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Animals in Church History

Prayers for Animals

Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi

"Scripture for Animal Lovers"  

St. Francis of Assisi to the Chattering Birds

St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds

St. Francis on Animals / Creatures

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Affection of the Mother Hen 

"This species [the hen] has the greatest affection for its brood, insomuch that when they are sick the mother sickens also; and what you will hardly find in any other animal, it will fight against the kite, protecting its young with its wings." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church) 

Also See: Love of the Crow for its Young

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All Creatures Are Ordered to God 

"All things deriving from God are ordered to one another and to him. And that is what makes the unity of the world." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"Since therefore God is outside the whole order of creation, and all creatures are ordered to Him, and not conversely, it is manifest that creatures are really related to God Himself; whereas in God there is no real relation to creatures, but a relation only in idea, inasmuch as creatures are referred to Him." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Every Being is Good | God's Presence in All Things

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All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God

"Let the heavens and the earth sing praise, the seas and whatever moves in them!" (Ps. 69:35)

"Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness." (Ps. 96:11-13)

 "Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell there. Let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy, Before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with fairness." (Ps. 98:7-9)

"Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deep waters; You lightning and hail, snow and clouds, storm winds that fulfill his command; You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars; You animals wild and tame, you creatures that crawl and fly; You kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all who govern on earth; Young men and women too, old and young alike. Let them all praise the LORD'S name, for his name alone is exalted, majestic above earth and heaven." (Ps. 148:7-13)

"Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah!" (Ps. 150:6)

"Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth: Let the sea and what fills it resound, the coastlands, and those who dwell in them." (Isa. 42:10)

"Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. Mountains and hills, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. You springs, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Seas and rivers, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you birds of the air, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever." (Taken from Dan. 3:74-81)

Also See: To Love God is Natural to Every Nature | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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All Creatures Created / Sustained by God

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Animals Belong to God

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"The LORD spoke to Moses and said, 'Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites, both of man and beast, for it belongs to me." (Ex. 13:1-2)

"When the LORD, your God, has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, which he swore to you and your fathers he would give you, you shall dedicate to the LORD every son that opens the womb; and all the male firstlings of your animals shall belong to the LORD." (Ex. 13:11-22)

"The LORD said to Moses, 'It is I who have chosen the Levites from the Israelites in place of every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites. The Levites, therefore, are mine, because every first-born is mine. When I slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I made all the first-born in Israel sacred to me, both of man and of beast. They belong to me; I am the LORD.'" (Num. 3:11-13)

"Indeed, all the first-born among the Israelites, both of man and of beast, belong to me; I consecrated them to myself on the day I slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt." (Num. 8:17)

"For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains. I know every bird of the heavens; the creatures of the field belong to me." (Ps. 50:10-11)

Also See: All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | Love of God's Creatures | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Animals Merit Respect & Love 

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"[Animals are] fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect" (Pope John Paul II)

"[A]nimals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren" (Pope John Paul II)

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Care of Animals (Scripture) | Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God | Every Being is Good | God's Presence in All Things | Love of God's Creatures | Creatures / Creation (Misc.) | Animals in Church History | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Biblical Foretellings of Future Happiness Which Include Creatures

"But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea." (Isa. 11:1-9)

"Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people. No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there, or the sound of crying; No longer shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime; He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years, and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed. They shall live in the houses they build, and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant; They shall not build houses for others to live in, or plant for others to eat. As the years of a tree, so the years of my people; and my chosen ones shall long enjoy the produce of their hands. They shall not toil in vain, nor beget children for sudden destruction; For a race blessed by the LORD are they and their offspring. Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hearken to them. The wolf and the lamb shall graze alike, and the lion shall eat hay like the ox (but the serpent's food shall be dust). None shall hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD." (Isa. 65:17-25)

"I will make a covenant for them on that day, with the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, and with the things that crawl on the ground. Bow and sword and war I will destroy from the land, and I will let them take their rest in security. I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD." (Hosea 2:20-22)

"For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies." (Rom. 8:19-23)

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Christ's Second Coming / Harmony Among Animals | Creation & The Fall of Man / Redemption | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Care of Animals (Scripture)

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"When you come upon your enemy's ox or ass going astray, see to it that it is returned to him. When you notice the ass of one who hates you lying prostrate under its burden, by no means desert him; help him, rather, to raise it up." (Ex. 23:4-5)

"You shall not see your kinsman's ass or ox foundering on the road without showing concern about it; see to it that you help him lift it up." (Deut. 22:4)

"The just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless." (Prov. 12:10)

"Then [Jesus] said to them, 'Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?'" (Lk. 14:5)

[Jesus said:] "What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance." (Lk. 15:4-7)

[Jesus said,] "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (Taken from Jn. 10:11)

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | Love of God's Creatures | Prayers for Animals | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"  

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Christ's Second Coming / Harmony Among Animals

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"As to the union, harmony, and peace among the various animals which are by nature mutually inimical and hostile, the elders say that it will really be so, when Christ comes again to be King over all." [St. Irenaeus (a disciple of St. Polycarp, a hearer of St. John the Apostle), circa 190-200 A.D.] 

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Biblical Foretellings of Future Happiness Which Include Creatures | Creation & The Fall of Man / Redemption | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"  

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Creation & The Fall of Man / Redemption

"For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies." (Rom. 8:19-23)

"...[in] irrational animals...there is not the stain of original sin." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"Since God 'wishes all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,' the Redemption includes all humanity and in a certain way all of creation." (Pope John Paul II, 1986 A.D.)

"And animals share in Christ's redemption of all God's creation." [Book of Blessings (approved by the USCCB & confirmed by the Apostolic See)]

"[T]he nurse who has brought up the king's son; when he succeeds to his father's kingdom, she too is made all the better off... It is much the same with all men; when a son of theirs is to appear in the splendor of some new dignity, they let this very servants wear richer suits. So will God vest in incorruption every creature when the day of the deliverance and glory of His children shall come." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"The Canticle, in which the three children, in the fiery furnace of Babylon, bid all creatures of God to bless his name, is sung by the Church in the Lauds of every great feast. It gives a voice to all creatures, and invites the whole universe to bless its divine author. How just it is, that on this day [that is, Easter] heaven and earth should unite in giving glory to the great God, who, by his Death and Resurrection, repairs the injury done to them by sin!" (Gueranger)

"Moreover, nothing in creation had erred from the path of God's purpose for it, save only man. Sun, moon, heaven, stars, water, air, none of these had swerved from their order, but, knowing the Word as their Maker and their King, remained as they were made. Men alone having rejected what is good, have invented nothings instead of the truth, and have ascribed the honor due to God and the knowledge concerning Him to demons and men in the form of stones." (St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church)

"Christmas gave us a Man-God; three days have scarcely passed since we witnessed his infinitely precious Blood shed for our ransom; but now, on the day of Easter, our Jesus is no longer the victim of death: He is a conqueror, who destroys death, the child of sin, and proclaims life, the undying life which he has purchased for us. The humiliation of his swathing-bands, the sufferings of his agony and cross, these are passed; all is now glory - glory for himself, and glory also for us. On the day of Easter, God regains, by the Resurrection of the Man-God, his creation such as he made it in the beginning; the only vestige now left of death is sin, the likeness of which the Lamb of God deigned to take upon himself." (Gueranger)

Also See: Biblical Foretellings of Future Happiness Which Include Creatures | Christ's Second Coming / Harmony Among Animals | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God

"For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen." (Wisdom 13:5)

"Creation itself and its continuance and its government proclaim the greatness of the Divine Nature." (St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church, circa 8th century A.D.)

"[C]reation, as if in written characters and by means of its order and harmony, declares in a loud voice its own Master and Creator" (St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church)

"The songs of birds and the sound of music should remind us of the eternal and ever new canticle of Heaven." (St. Anthony Mary Claret)

"In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks." (St. Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of the Church)

"If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them! The wisdom of the worker is apparent in His handiwork." (St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church)

"For each of these [His creatures or elements of His creation], by which He speaks, declares that it leads us to the knowledge of God, that it makes us know the Master better." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, circa 4th century A.D.)

"Since, as the Apostle says, 'His eternal power and divinity are clearly seen, understood through the creation of the world' all creation, therefore, and above all, as the Scripture says, the orderly arrangement in the heavens demonstrates the wisdom of the Creator through the skill displayed in His works." (St. Gregory of Nyssa, circa 380 A.D.)

"Distinction and variety in the world is intended by the First Cause. God brings things into existence in order that His goodness may be communicated and manifested. One solitary creature would not suffice. Therefore He makes creatures many and diverse, that what is wanting in one may be supplied by another." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church", Summa Theologica) 

"For God, being good and loving to mankind, and caring for the souls which He made, since He is by nature invisible and incomprehensible, and since His existence transcends that of every created being, on which account the human race, made out of nothing while He is not made at all, was unlikely to reach a knowledge of Him, - for this reason God, by his own Word, gave to creation such order as is found therein, so that while He is by nature invisible, men might yet be able to know Him through His works." (St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church)

"Ask the world, the beauty of the heavens, the splendor and arrangement of the stars; the sun that suffices for the day; the moon, the comfort of the night; ask the earth, fruitful in herbs and tress, full of animals, adorned with men; ask the sea, filled with so many swimming creatures of every kind; ask the air, replete with so many flying creatures. Ask them all, and see if they do not, as if in a language of their own, answer you: 'God made us.' Noble philosophers too have sought these things, and have recognized the Artisan by the art." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, circa 5th century A.D.)

"Creatures of themselves do not withdraw us from God, but lead us to Him; for 'the invisible things of God are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made' (Romans 1:20). If, then, they withdraw men from God, it is the fault of those who use them foolishly. Thus it is said (Wisdom 14:11): 'Creatures are turned into a snare to the feet of the unwise.' And the very fact that they can thus withdraw us from God proves that they came from Him, for they cannot lead the foolish away from God except by the allurements of some good that they have from Him." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Every Being is Good 

"And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed - the sixth day." (Taken from Gen. 1:30-31)

"Every being that is not God, is God's creature. Now every creature of God is Good (1 Tm. 4:4), and God is the greatest good. Therefore every being is good." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church") 

"[A]ll existing things, in so far as they exist, are good, since the existence of a thing is itself a good" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Animals Merit Respect & Love | Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God | God's Love & Care for Creation | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Excerpts From St. Anthony of Padua's Sermon to the Fish 

Also See: Animals / Pets (Topic Page)

"My brothers the fishes, you are bound, as much as is in your power, to return thanks to your Creator, who has given you so noble an element for your dwelling... you have many places of refuge from the tempest; you have likewise a pure and transparent element for your nourishment. God, your bountiful and kind Creator, when he made you, ordered you to increase and multiply, and gave you his blessing. In the universal deluge, all other creatures perished; you alone did God preserve from all harm. He has given you fins to enable you to go where you will. To you was it granted, according to the commandment of God, to keep the prophet Jonas, and after three days to throw him safe and sound on dry land. You it was who gave the tribute-money to our Savior Jesus Christ, when, through his poverty, he had not wherewith to pay... Because of all these things you are bound to praise and bless the Lord, who has given you blessings so many and so much greater than to other creatures." [Note: After this sermon, the fish were sent away "happy and rejoicing".]  (St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church) 

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Saints & Animals | Animals in Church History | St. Francis of Assisi to the Chattering Birds | St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds

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God's Love & Care for Creation

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"For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!" (Wisdom 11:24-26, 12:1)

[Jesus said:] "Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge." (Mt. 10:29)

[Jesus said:] "Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God." (Lk. 12:6)

"God loves all things that He has made" (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"[Animals are] as near to God as men are" (Pope John Paul II)

"Although creatures have not existed from eternity, except in God, yet because they have been in Him from eternity, God has known them eternally in their proper natures; and for that reason has loved them, even as we, by the images of things within us, know things existing in themselves." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Creation & The Fall of Man / Redemption | Every Being is Good | God's Presence in All Things | To Love God is Natural to Every Nature | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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God's Presence in All Things

"For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!" (Wisdom 11:24-26,12:1)

"Those who go down to the sea tell part of its story, and when we hear them we are thunderstruck; In it are his creatures, stupendous, amazing, all kinds of life, and the monsters of the deep. For him each messenger succeeds, and at his bidding accomplishes his will. More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is all in all! Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works" (Sirach 43:25-29)

"God is in all things; not, indeed, as part of their essence, nor as an accident; but as an agent is present to that upon which it works." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | Every Being is Good | God's Love & Care for Creation | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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Love of God's Creatures

"Whosoever loves God aright loves all God's creatures." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"For he who loves God, loves also His creature; but the chief of His creatures is man" (St. Theophylact)

"This devotedness to God, which results from the gift of godliness, and unites the soul to her Creator by filial love, makes her love all God's creatures, inasmuch as they are the work of His hands, and belong to Him." (Gueranger)

Also See: Animals Merit Respect & Love | Care of Animals (Scripture) | Creation Teaches Us / Reminds Us About God | Every Being is Good | God's Presence in All Things | Prayers for Animals | "Scripture for Animal Lovers" | St. Francis on Animals / Creatures

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Love of the Crow for its Young

"The love of the crow for its young is laudable! When they begin to fly, she follows them, gives them food, and for a very long time provides for their nourishment." (St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church)

Also See: Affection of the Mother Hen

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Saints & Animals

Also See: Saints (Topic Page) | Animals / Pets (Topic Page)

"Que me amat, amat et canem meum" ["Love me, love my dog"] (St. Bernard)

"Alas! The very serpents listen to me, and men refuse to hear me." (St. Martin of Tours)

"Blessed be the eternal God, for fish in water honor him more than heretics, and creatures without reason hear his word better than infidels!" (St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, after preaching to the fish)

"The Apostles, those Lights placed by the hand of Jesus himself upon the candlestick of the Church, died out by martyrdom one after the other, leaving St. John the sole survivor of the Twelve. His white hair, as the early Fathers tells us, was encircled with a thin plate of gold, the mark of episcopal dignity; the Churches treasured up the words which fell from his inspired lips, and considered them as their rule of Faith; and his prophecy of Patmos the Apocalypse, proves that the future of the Church was also revealed to him. Notwithstanding all this, John was humble and simple, like the Divine Infant of Bethlehem; and one cannot read without emotion what the early writers tell us of him, how he was often seen fondling a pet bird in his venerable hands." (Gueranger)

Also See: Animals in Church History | Excerpts From St. Anthony of Padua's Sermon to the Fish | St. Francis of Assisi to the Chattering Birds | St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds | St. Francis on Animals / Creatures

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To Love God is Natural to Every Nature

"[N]ature cannot rise to an act exceeding the proportion of its strength. Now to love God above all things is not such an act; for it is natural to every creature" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church") 

"Now to love God above all things is natural to man and to every nature, not only rational but irrational, and even to inanimate nature according to the manner of love which can belong to each creature. And the reason of this is that it is natural to all to seek and love things according as they are naturally fit (to be sought and loved) since 'all things act according as they are naturally fit' as stated in De Physica ii,8. Now it is manifest that the good of the part is for the good of the whole; hence everything, by its natural appetite and love, loves its own proper good on account of the common good of the whole universe, which is God. Hence Dionysius says (De Divinis Nominibus iv) that 'God leads everything to love of Himself.'" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

Also See: All Creatures Are Ordered to God | All Creatures Called to Rejoice & Praise God | All Creatures Created / Sustained by God | Animals Belong to God | God's Presence in All Things | "Scripture for Animal Lovers"

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