WHY ST. FRANCIS?

 

St. Francis of Assisi, the namesake of our clinics, was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon, and preacher. St. Francis believed that people have a duty to promote peace by protecting and enjoying nature as both the stewards of God's creation and as creatures ourselves. Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis say that he had a great love for animals and the environment. Much in part due to the parallels between his mission and that of our practice, St. Francis’ Pet Hospital was the name given to our clinics.  

 

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is discord, unity

Where there is error, truth

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master, grant that I may

Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

Amen