Our Cat Hammi was a loving furry present from God
Every single evening I attempted to commit an hour or so in the library, sitting in front of the fire location with our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Hammi. He slept in the library, and was most pleased when the whole monastic brotherhood was gathered with each other with him, prior to he curled up in his basket for the evening. He was an essential member of our neighborhood, loved by all of us, and was the only cat I knew who has his personal facebook fan web page, began by a lady who’d met him on a pilgrimage to the monastery (if my memory be right).
I 1st met Hammi, a massive male cat, as I was walking in between our old trailer home (now gone) and my cell, additional than twelve years ago. We startled 1 an additional, but as I reached down with extended hand, he came to me. When I picked him up he started purring instantly, so I opened a can of salmon, and he under no circumstances left. A month soon after his arrival we took him to a vet to be checked out. It was the veterinarian who recommended he’d most probably been dumped by somebody from Seattle, as occurs often when men and women want to dispose of a pet, and make positive the animal cannot uncover it is way back residence (not possible from an island).
I frequently inform men and women that Hammi domesticated me, considering that I’d not previously been a cat fancier, becoming allergic to cat dander. Small did I know at the starting that Norwegian Forest Cats do not have dander. They have a extremely soft double fur coat, massive paws, sweet facial characteristics and a extremely loud purr box. They are recognized to be personable, liking to be about men and women. He greeted absolutely everyone who came to the monastery, escorting them up the walkway from the parking lot. Absolutely everyone who’d ever met Hammi, fell in appreciate. I’d lost count of the quantity of men and women who’d stated they didn’t like cats, but wanted to get a Norwegian Forest Cat for themselves, as soon as they’d met him.
Intelligent breed that they are, Hammi discovered to let us know just what he wanted, be it water, meals, cuddling, sleep, what ever. He was a terrific companion to all of us, even going into the forest when 1 of us would take a stroll on the Valaam Trail. He had a specific game which he appears to love with me, specifically. I’d head out on the trail with Hammi operating ahead. He’d hide behind a massive fern, and even even though I knew he’d be waiting ahead, he generally managed to scare me. I’d then run ahead and hide behind a tree and jump out when he walked by. We played this game till the finish of the trail!
He began to slow down with age, just as was I. We each suffered from arthritis and liked to sit by the fire on a cold evening, Hammi in the lap of the old abbot. I’d grown so attached to him that I couldn’t even commence to believe of what life in the monastery would be like soon after he’d gone. Despite the fact that I’d grown up with dogs and cats, pets had not been a aspect of my life all through my adulthood, till Hammi came into my life. His death on November eight, 2018, at the age of 23, was a loss like I’d under no circumstances knowledge prior to. Despite the fact that we now have two new kittens, and a 3 year old cat, I nonetheless miss my sweet small pal, Hammi.
With appreciate in Christ,
Pictures: 1) Hammi, the Norwegian Forest Cat. two) I’m holding 1 of our two new kittens, Lily.
Tuesday July 30, 2019 / July 17, 2019
7th Week soon after Pentecost. Tone 5.
Fantastic-martyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia (4th c.).
Venerable Irenarchus, abbot of Solovki (1628).
Venerable Leonid, abbot of Ust-Neduma (Vologda) (1654).
Translation of the relics of Venerable Lazarus, monk, of Mt. Galesion close to Ephesus (1054).
“Svyatogorsk” (1569) Icon of the Mother of God.
Youngster Martyr Prince Kenelm of Wales (821) (Celtic & British).
Martyrs Speratus and Veronica (Greek).
St. Euphrasius of Ionopolis, bishop (Greek).
St. Timothy, fool-for-Christ of Svyatogorsk close to Pskov (1563).
The Scripture Readings
1 Corinthians six:20-7:12
20 For you had been purchased at a value for that reason glorify God in your physique and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Principles of Marriage
7 Now regarding the items of which you wrote to me:
It is excellent for a man not to touch a lady. two Nonetheless, simply because of sexual immorality, let every single man have his personal wife, and let every single lady have her personal husband. three Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. four The wife does not have authority more than her personal physique, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority more than his personal physique, but the wife does. five Do not deprive 1 an additional except with consent for a time, that you may well give yourselves to fasting and prayer and come with each other once more so that Satan does not tempt you simply because of your lack of self-manage. six But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I want that all males had been even as I myself. But every single 1 has his personal present from God, 1 in this manner and an additional in that.
eight But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is excellent for them if they stay even as I am 9 but if they can’t physical exercise self-manage, let them marry. For it is much better to marry than to burn with passion.
Preserve Your Marriage Vows
10 Now to the married I command, but not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11 But even if she does depart, let her stay unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not think, and she is prepared to reside with him, let him not divorce her.
John the Baptist Beheaded
14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus two and stated to his servants, “This is John the Baptist he is risen from the dead, and for that reason these powers are at function in him.” three For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and place him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. four Mainly because John had stated to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” five And despite the fact that he wanted to place him to death, he feared the multitude, simply because they counted him as a prophet.
six But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced prior to them and pleased Herod. 7 As a result he promised with an oath to give her what ever she could ask.
eight So she, getting been prompted by her mother, stated, “Give me John the Baptist’s head right here on a platter.”
9 And the king was sorry nonetheless, simply because of the oaths and simply because of these who sat with him, he commanded it to be provided to her. 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and provided to the girl, and she brought itto her mother. 12 Then his disciples came and took away the physique and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
Feeding the 5 Thousand
13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted location by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.