Holy num-nums?

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, many Catholics hold a ceremony for blessing of pets, including at big city cathedrals. I’ve always wondered what sort of benefit blessing was supposed to give a pet “animal companion”, but I suppose that it makes their owners “human caretakers” feel better. But a church in Berkeley has gone far beyond the annual animal blessing ceremony to welcome animals as members of their congregation. Continue reading

Reflections on Psalm 1: How to live a blessed life

Last week I was meditating on Psalm 1, and I want to share some of my observations. Later this week I will continue the series on Faith and Works.

The basic structure of the Psalm is a comparison of two ways of life, one leading to blessing and the other… Continue reading

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