Lincoln, Neb., Oct 8, 2022 / 06:00 am
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.”
A priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, hopes to offer spiritual joy through his blog “Devotions with Daisy” by imitating St. Francis’ love for God’s creation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of 2020, Father Allan Phan of Sacred Heart Church/St. James Parish in Crete, Nebraska, began creating daily online reflections to offer spiritual nourishment for parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Seward, where he was serving at the time. After a while of making the videos on his own, he had the inspiration to introduce his pet goldendoodle, Daisy, into his reflections.
“I figured introducing Daisy would be a better attention-getter than my face,” Phan joked about the addition.