We have a new member of the family. Her name is Margery and she is a rescue kitten.

She’s only about seven weeks old, which of course is a bit young to be separated from her mom, but she is already eating solid food and using her box. She was born to a cat that had been abandoned near the monastery (this is a problem — people abandon animals on the monastery land, but the monks are not in a position to care for them); out of a litter of six, two had already disappeared, possibly the victims of coyotes. So a woman who comes to mass regularly picked up the four survivors and got them to the vet; she’s keeping two of them and I got the other two — Margery and her brother. The boy is with us for now, but he is going to be adopted by Rhiannon’s CNA. He’s a cutie too…

Margery is named for Margery Kempe, the colorful (some would say nutty) English mystic who, among many other adventures, received spiritual direction from Julian of Norwich.

She has facial markings remarkably similar to my much-loved China, although where China was a tortoise, Margery is a tuxedo.

Needless to say, we are all in love.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Merri-Todd Webster

    Oh my goodness, she is adorable! Let’s just hope she doesn’t cry as often as her namesake. ;)

  • brazenbird

    So cute! Congratulations and well done on the rescue!

  • Mary Halsey

    So cute!
    My husband and I rescued a cat that looked very similar to yours. His name was Pander.

  • Gerhard

    Margery! Just the name for a complete nut. I read Kempe recently. Visiting Julian of Norwich was probably one of the saner things she did . . .

  • Laura

    Hey Carl – thanks for letting me share you story over at Maid to Queen. Here is the link to the post:

    I can’t wait to meet little Margery (and little Gryphon and little Veruca).