October is traditionally known as “Respect Life Month.” We also celebrate the Feasts of two powerful saints during October: Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4 and Saint Theresa of Avila on October 15. How can these two saints enhance our own awareness and celebration of respect for all life?
If any saint could be called an “environmentalist” it would be Saint Francis. He seemed to possess a singular ability to view all of life as sacred and worthy of respect, care, and praise. His “The Canticle of the Creatures” is a magnificently-rich prayer that acknowledges all of creation as “good” and calls to give God praise, honor, and glory: