Here's the scoop from loving daughter Laura:
"My parents are vegetarians who love all animals.
"They live on a lake and feed the ducks and geese who are like their pets. My mom even feeds the squirrels daily.
"She has a particular devotion to St. Francis who she asked for help when both her cats (but particularly the calico) were very sick. They are 100% back to 'normal' now. "
Here is the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi,
which pretty much sums up Motherhood (and Fatherhood too!) in a beautiful nutshell:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!