You might remind His/Her Grace that there are only three hunters mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, all of them unfavorably. There is King Solomon, and the reference is to his excesses as an abuse of royal power. Second, of course is the nepahlin-heathen king Nimrod, again, not a positive role model. Third, of course, is Esau - Jacob's rejected older brother, the original "slob-hunter."

Then state that you assume that the reason deer were brought up was that, in good Franciscan [or St. Patrickan] tradition, that the congregation was being asked to pray for the safety and well-being of the deer.

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