Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, One of my all time favorite saints. He is popular in art, his life story has been told in movies, books, music, and even a Marvel Comic Book. His simplicity is an inspiration to many. His love for animals is admired by all. His ability to face obstacles and overcome them is special to me.

Dear Lord, like St. Francis, give me the serenity to live simply and distinguish my needs from my wants. Help me recognize in all living creatures the same life force that flows through me. Give me the willingness to acknowledge other forms of life as my brothers and sisters, for we are all children of yours, Creator of us all. Amen