Saint Francis is one of the big favorites at SaintsforSinners. Rob’s nephew, Nick, wore his saint Francis medal constantly and faithfully.
And today, rob’s dog, Gem, is collared with her Saint Francis (even though she could be wearing Saint Rocco, patron of dogs and dog lovers, instead).
Saint Francis supposedly wrote the Peace Prayer but that is disputable, and it was probably written by Father Esther Bourquerel in Paris, France, as a piece of his writing in “The Little Bell” in 1912.
The original name of the “Peace Prayer” was apparently “A Beautiful Prayer to Say During Mass.” That’s not disputable!
Somehow, the Peace Prayer, or whatever you want to call it, was credited to Saint Francis of Assisi and now there are millions and millions of versions of the prayer available in word, music, prayer, and theatre.
Surely, Father Bourquerel and Saint Francis of Assisi have resolved their little plagiarism issue.
Saint Francis did, by most accounts, write the “Canticle of the Creatures,” which basically offers the same message as the Peace Prayer in another context.
We really don’t care who wrote the Peace Prayer or the Canticle of the Creatures. We’re just happy they were written and passed along for all of us to enjoy.
We do have more of the actual olive crosses on necklaces like the one Saint Francis wore. We will send one of those with every Saint Francis order. The one medal (# 3) we have is spectacular – it has the entire Peace Prayer engraved on the back.
Happy Saint Francis of Assisi Day, 3 days early. I am sure if you look around in your town, there is an event where you can have your favorite pet, be it dog, cat, turtle, iguana, ferret, guinea pig, horse, or bunny, blessed. There are lots of saints that look after those animals, but Saint Francis looks after them all too!
Or, you can just bless your pet by yourself by giving him or her extra love and attention, and certainly treats, this Sunday.
Thank you, Father Bourquerel, and Saint Francis, for making the Prayer of Saint Francis, a beautiful prayer to say during mass. Or anytime, actually! Happy Saint Francis Day, October 4th!