Blessing of the Pets, Ugandan Goods Sale, Loving Spoonfuls Help Needed and more in the E-Newsletter for October 14, 2018 https://mailchi.mp/914ccba8b9fa/ey7eu7o5mr-1411109
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
I got my first and only dog of my own when I was in the final year of my Master of Divinity in Texas.
I named him Cappadocian, after the great Cappadocia Fathers who were so important in the development of early Christian theology. We call him "Cappy" for short.
Many of you have gotten to know Cappy as he used to come to the office with me pretty regularly. These days his knees have gotten bad and he sleeps more than he runs. It's hard for him to get in and out of cars and so he spends most of his time at home.
Cappy turned fourteen years old last month and so Bethany and I truly cherish each day we still get with him. Last weekend I built a ramp on our deck stairs to make it easier for him to get up and down. I've also started carrying him, all seventy pounds of old dog, up the stairs at night time so he can still sleep in the same room as Bethany and me.
Each year, early in October, we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, that great monastic who, as many say, is often admired and rarely imitated. He renounced the wealth of his family so that he might serve the poor. Many people don't know that St. Francis was never ordained a priest. Rather, he chose to be ordained a deacon—one who is consecrated by the church to a life of service.
Many of the stories surround St. Francis include his love of nature and creation. He believed it was our sin that had wounded creation itself and that we were called to be faithful stewards in the healing of creation. All creation, St. Francis believed, worshipped and praised God.
At St. John's, we honor St. Francis in October with the blessing of the pets. Since I was out of town last Sunday, we are holding our Blessing of the Pets this Sunday at 2:00pm in the St. Francis Prayer & Meditation Garden. We'll say some prayers together, remember those faithful pets who have died, and then bless each pet along with their owners.
Cappy won't be at the blessing of the pets. He's always been a bit too… energetic… around other dogs. And, with his knees now, we try to keep him calm so that he won't throw one out again. I'll say prayers for him when I get home that day.
And as I go around the garden on Sunday, praying with you for each of your animals, I will do so convinced that St. Francis was right. Our companion animals do manifest God's love and praise in the world and in our lives.
May we be faithful to them, and to the entire creation that is entrusted to our care.
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