True enough, having a pet in one’s home can be life-changing. In fact, many of us already consider our furry friends as part of the family— they bring us joy, love, and attention, making our lives feel so much lighter.
Even Pope Francis himself believes that animals are God’s blessing. He says these “creatures” are the ones who give humanity the inspiration to live every day with much compassion and love for all living beings. (Read: How Pope Francis is proving himself worthy of the title ‘PETA Person of the Year 2015’)
“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs,” he said. “By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.”
So today, why don’t you show some appreciation to your beloved animals with a heartfelt prayer? Good thing, My Pope has everything you need!
A Blessing for a Beloved Animal
Blessed are you, Lord God, who made every living thing with which the water teems, and every winged bird, the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, and called it all “good.” Thank you for this animal, for its life that comes from you, and for the love and joy it brings. Please bless this creature and let our loving care for him/her be a reflection of your loving nature. We praise you for all your beauty in creation, and especially for this expression of your love. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.
Prayer for a Sick Animal
Merciful God, you created all things for your glory and have graciously allowed us this animal to love. Please look kindly on him and restore him to health and strength. Please deliver her from fear and pain, and grant us wisdom in our care for her, in the name of Jesus, amen.
Prayer for Animals in Need
Lord God, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power. You created all things for your glory, yet there are those in your Creation who languish in pain and suffering. Please look kindly upon those animals who are in need this day, whether they are in the wild, on the streets, in captivity, or elsewhere. Deliver those who are hurt, abused, hungry, and forgotten. Please grant that they may be treated with the loving care and respect all your Creation deserves, in the name of Jesus, amen.
A Prayer for Learning from Animals
Help us, dear God, to learn from all wild things. How to live in harmony with our land; how to deal with enemies; how to live in peace with those who are unlike us; how strong is the love of a parent; how the young must learn to grow up; how to enjoy the beauty of strength and life and how to accept death. Amen.
A Prayer of Thanks for Animals
In Your infinite wisdom, Lord God, when You created the universe you blessed us with all living creatures. We especially thank you for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life. Their presence very often helps us get through trying times. Kindly bless my pet. May my pet continue giving me joy and remind me of Your power. May we realize that as our pets trust us to take care of them, so we should trust You to take care of us, and in taking care of them we share in Your love for all creatures. Amen.