Pets of many varieties are natural extensions of our families and hold a very special place in our hearts. Having pets allows us to experience some of the wonder and awe that St. Francis had for all of God’s creation. On Sunday, October 1, we were blessed with a beautiful afternoon at St. Stephen’s along with our annual Blessing of Animals. Pets arrived ahead of the service with their humans in tow. It was a wonder to behold several dogs and cats mingling and enjoying each other’s company along with all the additional people. With love and prayer all pets (and humans were blessed for their mutual joy and care that each provides unconditionally to the other.