A cat came to the Liturgy today.

It was waiting outside the sacristy door
getting wet in a sudden Spring shower.

She quietly slipped in
while I was putting on my alb.

It was just the six of us.

Me, the cat,
the old couple,
the Pole that spoke Russian,
and the stranger.

Together we entered into the Grace of God,
that softly beckoned us to Himself.

The cat purred.

And we prayed.


David Russell OFS