Order of Friars Minor in Great Britain

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Breaking Down of Barriers

  Antony had been invited to give a couple of talks on ecology and the care of creation from a Franciscan point of view. But rather than just giving a dry academic lecture it was a great opportunity to develop a more practical and realistic session by inviting people to come and meet the goats and pigs and chickens, together with Ben the dog, whom we had brought along from the farm.
The animals proved to be a big attraction not just to the children and teenagers but to adults as well. The animals really helped to open up an opportunity for conversation with people; they almost acted as an invitation for people to come and speak to us. Sometimes people can seem a little unsure when approaching religious brothers dressed in habits. Perhaps they are unsure what to say to us or perhaps they are unsure what we might say to them. But the animals proved to be a real icebreaker, a conversation starter that often led into a far deeper sharing of our faith and spirituality.

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