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Blessing the Animals

Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God's Creatures, Wild and Tame

Lynn L. Caruso

5 x 7.25, 256 pp, Hardcover

Also Available in Paperback


Celebrate the Mystery, Compassion Wonder and Beauty of Animals
Take a spiritual journey through this beautiful collection of blessings, prayers and meditations about the creatures, wild and tame, that inhabit our world. These moving contributions about all types of animals—playful dogs and beloved cats, giant whales and powerful elephants, tiny insects and delicate birds—are drawn from many faith traditions, including Native American, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist.
A special section also provides animal blessing ceremonies you can use to memorialize the loss of a companion animal, offer prayers for an animal suffering illness or injury or simply recognize the spiritual connection we create when we fully appreciate another member of God’s creation.
Contributors include:
Basho • Elizabeth Barrett Browning • Feng Chih • James Dickey • Meister Eckhart St. Francis of Assisi • Joy Harjo • Stanley Hauerwas • Jane Hirshfield • Galway Kinnell • D. H. Lawrence • John Muir • Rumi • Albert Schweitzer • Rabindranath Tagore • Evelyn Underhill • Walt Whitman • and many more


Ark: Journal of Catholic Concern for Animals

“A jewel box of comfort and ecstasy, reverence and wisdom. Powerful testimony to the different ways that animals inspire us to worship our Creator.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Wild Out Your Window

“Touching [and] inspiring.”

Best Friends

“A threshold to a deeper understanding of God…. Allows us to experience the relationships God has created between creatures in this Sacred Circle of life.”

Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, Episcopal bishop of Alaska

“Sure to delight pet lovers.”

Catholic Library World

“Delightful … lovely … timeless…. A book that pet lovers will treasure.”

Diana L. Guerrero, author of What Animals Can Teach Us about Spirituality; founder of Ark Animals

“Sweet, tender, powerful.”

Light of Consciousness

“Gives voice to the unspoken yet eloquent expressions of prayer and praise offered daily in the Animal Kingdom. The sights and sounds of the poetic imagery linger long after we close this book.”

Nancy Sohn Swartz, author of In Our Image: God’s First Creatures and How Did the Animals Help God?

“Enchanting [and] unique.... Embrace[s] all of creation and celebrate[s] the reciprocal relationships of its parts.... A treasure.”

Montreal Anglican

“A charming, moving collection.”

New Age Retailer

“Beautiful.... Insightful.... Would make a wonderful gift.”

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