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Hermitage Letters

Saturday after a very long week . . .

So much sadness, so many people being killed – this is very hard for cats to understand . . . we don’t forgive as easily as do the dogs, but we would never kill so many of our own. I don’t understand people at all. I asked Mom, but she doesn’t understand it either. I am trying to think about it, but even that makes me sad.

The weather is so hot here this week that Mom has moved all of the upstairs cats into the two air conditioned rooms – mostly they are fine with that, except Aubrey and Robin keep growling, just quiet growling so Mom knows how they feel about moving; but I know they all feel better being cool.

We also were sad to hear that Bishop Ed Browning died last Monday – we didn’t know him of course, but Mom had met him and she said he was a very kind, holy man. Many people have written wonderful things about him, but we remember especially that he said “there will be no outcasts in the Episcopal Church.” He was welcoming to everyone, even people who were feared and hated by others. He was the 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church here in the United States. Tomorrow, when Mom leads Morning Prayer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Princess Anne, she will say this prayer: O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Edmond, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the followship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [BCP, p. 493] I bet Bishop Browning is already in the land of light and joy, and hope he is praying for all of us in the world, too – we need his wisdom and his love now.

I think I need to help Mom find a good book to read – last night she was reading about dogs with atopic dermatitis – we don’t even have any dogs with that problem! But when Mom is between good books she’ll read almost anything. I hope she’ll find a good book about wonderful, wise, brave, intelligent cats – I would love to read that book over her shoulder!

Until next time,
Stay safe; pray always; keep in touch.


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July 4th

July 4

I, Liberty the tuxedo cat, am writing today because this is my birthday! Of course, we know July 4th is Independence Day too, but at Sanctuary House it is now and forever Liberty’s Day – and it kind of means the same thing anyway, don’t you think? Mom always says that with Liberty there is freedom, but responsibility as well. . . and I’m very glad she remembers that because it is her responsibility to take care of me. I had a very bad injury when I was a kitten – at first no one wanted me because they said I was too much trouble to care for, but Mom said, “He can come home with me – we choose to have Liberty!” Right then she saved and defended me!

To celebrate Liberty’s Day we have a United States flag flying from one of our windows and all of the cats are having Friskies’ Party Mix treats! – well, not quite all of the cats – our sister Chaelie has been sick, so she has to be on a very careful diet with no extra treats. Poor Chaelie, but she is getting better and that matters more than treats, even delicious treats.

Here is a prayer for our country from the Book of Common Prayer: Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [BCP, p. 820]

Stay safe; pray always; keep in touch. . . and defend Liberty!
Love always,
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