St. Rocco was a Secular Franciscan who was a nobleman, but chose a life of serving the poor. St. Rocco lived during the time of the plague and ministered the sick and dying and got a leg infection with the plague. He went to the forest to die, but was helped by a dog who brought him food and licked his wounds, which has earned him the patron saint of dogs.
15 Lessons we can learn from dogs:
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
- Take naps and stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
- Be loyal.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…. run right back and make friends
- Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
St. Roch (CatholicSaints.info)