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Rev. Annika blesses the family's pet

Rev. Annika blessing a family’s pet dog

This Friday October 4th is World Animal Day and the Feast of St. Francis. World Animal Day, a day dedicated to honoring, blessing, and protecting animals all over the world.  World Animal Day was founded at an ecologist’s convention in Florence, Italy in 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species.  October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day because it is also the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, a well-known Catholic Church holiday often celebrated with a “blessing of the pets”.  Since then, World Animal Day has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and has been widely celebrated around the world. Churches, synagogues in many faiths traditions as well as many animal organizations have adopted “Pet Blessing Day” or “World Animal Day” in increasing numbers every year and celebrate it on or close to that date. Here is an article from one of the biggest “blessing of the animals” in NYC at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in 2012.

St. Francis with his beloved animals

Our pets give us so much unconditional love, isn’t wonderful that there is a day to bless and honor them!  I have included here a short blessing that you can insert your pet’s name and bless them on your own on Friday:

“________________, WE LOVE YOU, WE BLESS YOU, WE APPRECIATE YOU & WE BEHOLD THE LOVING SPIRIT WITHIN YOU. MAY YOU BE BLESSED WITH A LONG LIFE, GOOD HEALTH &  A SAFE HAPPY HOME. WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU AS A GIFT TO US AND WE THANK THE SPIRIT OF LIFE FOR THE BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS BESTOWED ON YOU TODAY.”

If you would like an in person blessing for your pet search the internet for Animal/Pet Blessings in your local area. If you can’t find one or you would like me to send your pet a silent blessing, please like Heartlight Peace Ministries’ Facebook page and go to the photo of St. Francis and add your pet’s name along with the type of animal he/she is.

If you would like to do something extra special for your pet, you might want to consider having a sacred pet reading for your beloved animal companion. For more info, visit my animal services on my business website: Heart and Soul Weddings & Events.

Blessings to all who take care of the animals as well!

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FEAST OF ST FRANCIS/WORLD ANIMAL DAY is October 4th. Please see the end of this article to be one of 50 recipients to receive a Free Pet Blessing.

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless our pets. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.” –  St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint to Animals & Nature

The Feast of St. Francis is one of my most favorite christian feast days. As a peace minister, my seminary training emphasized the works of St. Francis. He understood peace so deeply that he could seemingly save a city from a terrifying wolf. His peace extended to all beings which so inspires me.

I too have always had a connection to animals as long as I can remember. I was like most kids in that I wanted the little pets like a hamster and a turtle. I had them both and even a lizard. Most of my life, our family pets were dogs which I loved, but longed for a cat. One of the old ladies in our neighborhood had cats living in her garage and these cats liked to roam. I  remember when one mother cat had her kittens in the cockpit of our “sunfish” sailboat that hung in the rafters of our garage during the winter months. My dad was not happy because our garage had the smell of cat urine for months. I still wanted to keep one of the kittens, but they all were taken back to live across the street.

When I went to college I thought I would become a vet, but I decided that all the sciences were just not my cup of tea. So instead, I got a degree in biopsychology. I did still work with animals but in a rat lab. I will say no more, for today I don’t know how I ever did the things I did back then even in the name of research.


Sonny Boy, 2001

I finally got my own cat when I was in my late twenties. Sonny Boy was my baby and he lived a good 15 years. Sonny was more like a dog than a cat. He was very smart. He loved to go for walks with me around the neighborhoods. We went through a lot of transitions together. When I really started honoring my spiritual nature, I moved a lot – thirteen times in ten years. Sometimes Sonny was not allowed to move with me, so he would go stay with friends who were willing to take him in. Not all my friends loved Sonny. He had a strong male personality and always let others know with a big hiss when he was not happy.  Yet, we had a very deep connection. I didn’t realize how much until I went to an animal communicator who shared with me Sonny’s thoughts about who I was on an inner level. His words to me were like those of a therapist!

That’s when I became interested in animal communication, though as I reflect now part of me knew my fate long before this. For when I was in third grade I wrote my first play for a school project about a girl who could talk with animals who lived in the forest. I also just remembered that I wrote the Christmas play for my 7th grade class and it was about a little girl who wanted a hamster from Santa. On Christmas eve, she dreamed that Santa was a hamster dressed in a red suit and could even talk. My pet hamster was the star of the show for when the little girl awoke the real Santa had brought her a hamster for Christmas. What an imagination I had or was it….

So when did I really start communicating with the animal world? I  read a book in the early 1990’s that suggested to communicate with an animal it was best to study their behaviors and act like them. That was easy to do with a cat.  I would get down on the floor with Sonny and lounge around like a cat. I definitely got messages from Sonny in my dreams when he was alive, but many animal communicators say it can be difficult to communicate with one’s own pet. I also noticed that I had a connection to untamed animals like sea birds and wild buffalo ( I lived in Oklahoma for a year). It was always interesting to see animals standing quite still like they were posing for me when I wanted to take their picture.


"Ahoy Mates" © 1993 Timeless Designs

In another book, I read about that when animals are killed quickly like being hit by a car, their souls get trapped in the body. However, when vultures start picking at the roadkill, they actually help to release the animals souls. So whenever I would see roadkill, I would pray for the release of the dead animal souls. After doing this for awhile, I got the feeling I was being thanked by something or someone. I didn’t really have anyone teaching me these things. Its like I just knew what would work. That’s why today many folks call me an intuitive shaman.

I could go on with many stories of my experimenting with animal communications over the year and how I would get confirmation from friends on the accuracy of what I’d tell them about their pets or the positive changes they noticed in their pet. Yet, I have to say almost 20 years later, I am still amazed at how I am able to help my clients with their pets.

Pet Blessings @ Northeast Animal Shelter Salem, MA 2008

Usually to honor of the Feast of St. Francis (Oct 4th) I am involved in a large pet blessing event, but for some reason it didn’t come together this year. So instead, this year I honor my devotion to St. Francis along with celebrating my 50th Birthday (Oct. 7th) with this offer:

The first 50 pet clients who email me in October will receive a distance blessing or a 5 minute soul communication from me.  Send me your pet’s picture via email and I will meditate with your pet and bless them. Please let me know you pet’s name and the address where the pet lives.  If there is a message from your pet I will email that to you along with a pet blessing/prayer. I can say a prayer for a deceased pet but my communications specialty is with living animals. If you are not one of the first 50 clients, I will offer you a $5 discount on a reading and/or blessing (healing) for your pet. My email: RevAnnika@HeartlightPeaceMinistries.com

Blessings of peace for all of God’s creatures,

Rev. Annika

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Here is a testimonial I received recently (8/2010) from a client, Diana who lives in Swampscott, MA after I administered a Pet Healing/Blessing to her new puppy last week:

“Buddy is doing well. I can’t thank you enough. We visited the vet last night for shots and she was so impressed with the change in him. No snarling nor snapping when being examined or lifted up.”

Background: Diana asked me for help with 4 month old Buddy because he was getting upset when picked-up or when someone came near his toys. Diana adopted Buddy from a local shelter about a month ago. She only knew that he came from Virginia and was brought back to the shelter by another adopter. She felt like Buddy had a good nature overall, but something was bothering him.

My Services: I was able to connect with Buddy on a soul level to find out he was in emotional distress over all his transitions and a recent fall off a table. “Protective boundaries” was his first message to me. So I invited Spirit to help heal his stress/trauma and received intuitive guidance to recommend a series of treatments with “Rescue Remedy” to fully integrate Buddy’s trauma. Buddy also showed me a picture of a “white blanket” that he was wanting to define his space. When I shared this info with Diana, she really got that Buddy was finding his transitions challenging. Diana shared with me that Buddy had “thrown-up” on the white blanket a few days before; so her daughter threw the blanket out and got him a different one which was colored brown. I also relayed this info back to Buddy as to what happened to his “white blanket”. I got that Buddy so appreciated of the communication with me. Yes, just like us humans, pets like to be heard and understood!

Thank you Spirit for allowing me to be a channel for healing,
Rev. Annika

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