Text Box: Prayer for Veterinarians, Animals and the Earth
   Joanne Stefanatos, D. V. M.

Our spirit seeks you in the early dawn, 0 Lord
 Creator of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible
and invisible 0 Lord, how wonderful is your Name
 in all the earth  -the earth is full of your glory…
May we rejoice with the songbirds today, praising you
       for your great goodness and love for mankind.
Teach us to hear the secrets that dawn has to tell us... 
Grant that we may walk each day in unceasing prayer…
with unceasing compassion in our heart for the
 Oneness of Creation, for the Sanctity of All Life.
For all Creatures on earth glorify You, 0 Lord, and 
       wherever we set our feet is Holy ground.
Hear our voices crying in the wilderness,
Illumine the eyes of our soul and pour in our hearts the
      dew of your Grace, so we may remember that You
      created everything to be reverenced, protected and 
       loved as part of your divine Creation.
Accept us today as a living sacrifice to Your Holy Will,
 For what we do and what we say is a reflection of our human hearts.
May our prayer be a mirror of the sorrow of our souls
        where "sighs are too deep for words"...
May suffering cease on earth and may all beings have a  right to live.
Dear God, You have called us to be priests of your 
       Creation, Awaken our hearts so we might hear the 
       silent voice of grass growing and seek you in the rocks,
Teach us the healing wisdom of the trees, hold us  steadfast to your Truth
We pray for the rainforests, the bedewing treasures in
        the mist, home to your many species of Creation,
We  pray for every animal, in every shelter and animal
        pound who meets a needless death and is deprived of love and life...
We  pray for all the laboratory animals who suffer, for
        all the farm animals who give their lives for our daily 
        food, and for all the animals we use for pleasure and abuse...
We pray for all the suffering animals we euthanize every 
       day in our practices, ones whose earthly life must
        come to an end, may they receive their crowns in  heaven.
We pray for all the elephants, tigers, dolphins and 
       whales, for the many species endangered by man's corruption...
We  pray for all the people and the children, that we may
 know that the only lasting true peace and love comes 
from You, the Father of Light, the Great Holy Spirit,
 the True Physician of Our Souls and Bodies...
Raise our consciousness to remembrance of You, dear Lord,
Teach us Your holistic ways and help us to share this 
knowledge with each other and with our veterinary colleagues
Dear Lord, You've gifted each one of us with love for
 animals, with the compassion and heart to be your
 Caregivers on earth for Your creatures and for our fellow man.
Discern our paths, and keep us steadfast in Your 
righteousness. In our daily practices, may we
 remember You in each decision we make and 
with every treatment we give.
May You guide our hands, our minds and our hearts to
 cause no harm but to give loving kindness and the healing touch to all.
May your healing grace emanate from our fingertips so
 that we can extend Your healing and mercy to every animal in need.
Let our attitude resonate with Your healing Light, so
 that our speech and our intent stays focused on the
 needs of our patients and their owners. For one
 cannot heal without the other.
Oh Lord, may we provide a refreshing, healing oasis for  our patients.
We pray that this will be the Year that our conventional 
colleagues embrace holistic veterinary medicine for
 the benefit of all animals on earth...
Thank you dear Lord, for all the blessings You have bestowed upon us.
Thank you for all the veterinarians You've brought here
 today and for all the wonderful animal patients You
 bring to us every day in our practices.
May the thoughts of our minds, the intention of our
 hearts and the action of our deeds be as One.
Teach us to ask the animals, so they can teach us Your unconditional Love,
For only when we heal ourselves first, can we truly heal
 the animals and the earth.
Amani Na Iwepo Dun jani
May Peace Prevail On Earth
A mani Na Iwepo Nawe
May Peace Prevail in You
Mitngu Akubariki
God Bless You
Mungu A bariki Yan Yama
God Bless the Animals! 

Excerpt from: Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA),   Oct 1998, Vol. 17, No.3, Page 31

 A prayer for Animals


     “Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our  Friends, the animals, especially for animals who are suffering,  for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry,  for all that must be put to death.  We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.  Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.” 


                                   Albert Schweitzer