“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
― Francis of Assisi
It isn’t that surprising that I eventually became vegan, since my all time favorite saint growing up, and now, is St. Francis of Assisi. I really wanted him as my confirmation saint but had this misconception that only saints of your gender can be your saint. But I’ve unofficially adopted him as my confirmation saint. (St. Bridget of Sweden is a cool saint that I picked as my confirmation saint.)
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, ecology and environmentalists. He wanted to make the emperor to make a law to protect and provide for the birds and beasts as well as humans.
I’ve always loved animals growing up which is probably why I was drawn to him and his story. He believed that animals and humans have a special connection. This is why on his feast day there are blessings of pets where a priest blesses your pets. But he didn’t mean that we have a special connection to just companion animals. But to all animals. This includes wildlife and farmed animals.
Humans are able to live happy healthy lives without consuming animal products. I haven’t eaten meat in about three years and I have yet to die or become sick/hospitalized for nutrient deficiencies. If planned well a vegan diet is a great diet for your health. Much better than the Standard American Diet (nicknamed SAD for many reasons).
No one in this day and age needs to eat meat/dairy/eggs/gelatin. There are plenty of vegan options out there. There are cookies, cakes, milk, yogurt, cream cheese, cheesecake, mayonnaise, cheese, chickin’ strips, fish, burgers, marshmallows, and so many more products that are vegan and taste amazingly like their non-vegan counterparts. Thank you science!
So think about this before you put that steak in your mouth. All animals are God’s creatures that deserve respect and love.
On a side note he, and two other Francis’, are why I want to name my first-born son Francis. The other two are the current Pope and Francis De Sales.