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7th-Feb-2017 04:00 pm - The Good Shepherd

I have a little plaque at home, which I keep by the computer, of the painting by Bernhard Plockhorst of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is one of my favourite depictions of Jesus because it makes me think that he loves animals even though I know he was using sheep as a symbol. Every time I get a prayer request for the animals (over at the LJ location), I would like to feel able to not only implore Our Lady and my favourite saints to heal the afflicted pets but also to ask our Lord Jesus to step in and alleviate the suffering. I guess I am feeling very distant from the 'God the father' part of the holy Trinity these days as I see and read about so much evil, abuse, torture, misery and disease in this world that it seems impossible to believe that our father in heaven would not put a stop to it rather than let innocents continue to suffer. But this distance is my problem. Hopefully your faith is stronger than mine.

At any rate, I had a desire to post this beautiful painting and to include one of the Bible passages I like concerning Jesus and the sheep using a free computer program I hope you might also find helpful. If you want to read the specific story of the lost sheep, go to Luke, Chapter 15.



John 10: 1-18

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• Taken from the free Digital Catholic Bible program for the computer and other devices, with versions in English, Spanish and Latin.

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Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.

But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.

This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he spoke to them.

Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not.

I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.

But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:

And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.

As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.

And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

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4th-Jul-2013 03:42 pm - St Martin de Porres for our pets


When I have a sick pet or pray for one, I always ask St Martin de Porres to intervene for me with healing. St Martin is one of my favourite saints. I have posted about him before, and I will include some more links below. St Martin started, with his sister, one of the very first dog and cat hospitals in the New World. One of the miracles attributed to St Martin was the bringing back to life of a dog which had been beaten to death. St Martin ate no meat and could not bring himself to use poisons around mice. He talked to them about their mischief in chewing holes in the church vestments, and they agreed to remain outside the church so Martin could feed them himself every day.

From Wikipedia: 'Juan Martin de Porres was born in the city of Lima, in the Viceroyalty of Peru, on December 9, 1579, the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan de Porres. His mother was a freed slave from Panama, of African or possibly part Native American descent, named Ana Velázquez.

He was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.'

PRAYER TO ST. MARTIN de PORRES

Most humble Martin de Porres, whose burning charity embraced not only thy needy brethren, but also the very animals of the field, splendid example of charity, we hail and invoke thee! From that high throne which thou dost occupy, deign to listen to the supplications of thy needy brethren that, by imitating thy virtues, we may live contented in that state in which God has placed us, and, carrying our cross with strength and courage, we may follow in the footsteps of Our Blessed Redeemer and His most afflicted Mother, to reach at last the Kingdom of Heaven through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers and Novena to St Martin de Porres
Biography and further links

17th-May-2009 08:46 pm - ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI: Prayers for the Animals



St. Francis of Assisi, born in Umbria in 1181, was the founder of the Franciscan Order. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered the founder of all Franciscan Orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.


PRAYERS TO ST. FRANCIS FOR OUR PETS:

Good St. Francis, you loved all of God's creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example
of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet
and keep my companion safe and healthy.
Amen.
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St. Francis of Assisi Lover of all Creation
Prayer for Sick Animals:

Heavenly Father,
you created all things for your glory
and made us stewards of this creature
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
and holy is your name for ever and ever.
Amen
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PRAYER FOR OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS

(To make a Novena for a sick pet, say this prayer for 9 consecutive days)

Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.

(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer).

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows, touching each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.

Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in giving You honor forever.

Amen.
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