Thursday, November 1, 2007

All Saints Day

Did you know that Italy is the seat of the Catholic church? The Pope lives in Rome in his very own, mini-country called "The Vatican". Because of this, Italy is a very religious country with Catholicism as its number one religion.

For that reason, there are many religious holidays in Italy. Our human is off from work for the rest of the week because of two, back to back holidays. The first one is today and it is called "All Saints Day".

Since it is All Saints Day, we wanted to share with you a couple of our most beloved Saints.

Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals. He was an Italian man who was born in a town just a couple of hours south of where were live, called Assisi. Saint Francis was a hardworking man who accomplished many things in his life and worked hard to serve his fellow man, but it was his love for animals that he is best known for. They say that he would go into the woods and preach to the animals because they were, after all, God's creatures too. There is a legend that the birds loved the sound his voice and would surround him as he spoke. And they say that on his death bed he thanked his donkey for helping him throughout his life. And the donkey wept.

Our other favorite saint is Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. We don't really know too much about her other than she was a faithful servant of God, she lead a quiet and closed off life and that she died at the young age of 33 (the same age our human is now). She hated mice and worked hard to get rid of them, maybe because they were full of disease. Because of this, you will always see painting of mice at her feet or a cat nearby. We guess that is why she the Patron Saint of cats.

So furry friends, it is nice to know that even the great Saints are keeping an eye out for all of us furry creatures!


Anonymous said...

That was very educational about the saints. I wonder why the woman didn't like mice?

Daisy said...

I am all for back to back holidays! Thanks for teaching us about the saints.

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

Thank you for visiting our blog and thank you for telling us so much about saints! Its always nice to learn new things. Dante wants you to know that he is actually named after your most famous poet Dante Alighieri and his epic "The Inferno." Mommy and Daddy came up with this name when they brought him home and he was so beat up. They said that he looked like he had been through Hell and back so they said he had to be a Dante! Dante thinks his name is very cool!! Thanks for thinking so too!

The Cat Realm said...

I know you have headr about the Dare already - but
I Dare You!
Yes, It is ME, Anastasia! Karl was thoughtful enough to put the Dare out on the Day of the Dead, so I can come personally! And if you don't accept the challenge, I might just come again and haunt you, Hahahahahahahahaha!
I wanted to dare you personally!

Karen Jo said...

Thank you for the information about the saints. I knew about St. Francis and I had heard about St. Gertrude, but I didn't know tha part about the mice. It is very interesting.

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