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Blessings of the Animals: Celebrating Our Kinship with All Creation

coverIn this inspiring collection of stories and animal encounters, Gary Kowalski pays tribute to the many ways in which these creatures brighten our lives, heal and transform us, and serve as our spiritual teachers. He points out the close connections many saints had with animals: St. Ambrose with bees, St. Hubert and his stag, St. Hugo with his swan, and St. Francis, who called animals his brothers and sisters.

On a visit to see snow geese gathering, Kowalski tells how these birds share leadership, work together and encourage each other. He also writes creatively about the role of animals in the Christmas story. He ends on a spiritual note with his observations on the blessing of the animals ritual at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Here we see the role that Christian churches can play in encouraging respect for all of God's creatures (Lantern Books).


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