A Prayer for the Animals

by Janis Gaines

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends, the animals,
especially for those who are suffering;

for animals that are overworked,
underfed, and cruelly treated;
for all the wistful creatures in captivity,
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted,
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all
Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them,
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves,
to be true friends to animals
and so to share
the blessings of the Merciful.
Amen

~ from a Catholic Prayer Book

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I saw this as a post on a Peta thread on FB and it really touched me.

“A righteous man tends to the needs of his animal…” Proverbs 12:10

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