In the United States, we often celebrate St Francis of Assisi as the great friend of animals in october. There are ever many parishes that even have pet blessings, but many other cultures do this in January.
January 17th was the feast of St Anthony the Abbot, and many places, even the Vatican, held their annual pet blessings. Read more about this event at Vatican Insider.
On January 21st, the feast of St Agnes, the Pope also takes his turn to bless animals. It is customary that on this day, the Pope blesses the sheep that will be sheered for the wool to make the paliums given out later this year to the new archbishops on the feast of St Peter and Paul.
In celebration of St Anthony’s patronage of pets and animals, I want to take this opportunity to revisit Animals with Catholic Captions. How would animals try to serve the Lord? As always, never take it too seriously…
Mondays can be rough sometimes, but I hope you have a blessed day.
Animals with Catholic Captions
This sheep just found out it was chosen to meet the Pope.
This Penguin doesn’t feel like turning the other cheek today. (Matthew 3:59)
This cat knows he has logs in his eyes but can’t believe that penguin. (Matthew 7:5)
This bunny wonders if the Protestant bunnies are just trying to get out of work. (James 2:18)
This red panda was thinking about the second coming when he was caught off guard. (Mark 13:33)
This lemur has a hard time serving instead of being served. (Matthew 20:28)
This cat is trying his hardest to abstain from evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
This lemur knows God gives only what he can handle, but it’s still a surprise. (1 Corinthians 10:13)