Meditation of the day:
“Men who exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, will deal likewise with their fellow men.” (St. Francis)
In my younger days, while camping in the beautiful country of the Ozark hills, I remember being awaken by a rooster making the most awful noise at 6 o’clock in the morning. I also remember being so upset that I found myself chasing that rooster across a field swinging a hatchet. Thank God that I did not succeed in my goal of quieting the “rooster from hell.”
The way we treat God’s creatures we deem subservient to us does have a direct relationship on how we treat our peers. How often have we heard about the rapist or murder who started out as a child harming animals. In today’s society of immorality do we see disgusting animal abuse cases involving “puppy mills.”
This meditation also includes humans. How often have we subjectively made a decision based solely on first looks and/or preconceived notions of others. Have I ever looked at someone begging for money at a corner with ill repute? YES!! I need to personalize St. Francis’ action and “hug and kiss the leper.” Everyone is made by God – and all God’s creation is always good!
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO