Thursday, October 14, 2010


My very best friend is dying...
"Never love a wild thing.... He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up.... If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky." ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


  1. I'm sorry and I'm praying for you.

  2. My tears and sorrow for you, Mr. Terry...I do many pets I have had to put down...I'm so so tears...

  3. Mt. Terry: Are you okay? I love you, bro.
    I know it's so hard to lose a "best friend"...
    very hard, indeed.

  4. I'm so sorry Terry. I'm assuming it's Celine; from what you shared awhile back. I can relate to what you are going through; we lost the cat we had for 16 years about 4 years ago. We got 2 "bonus years"; she recovered from an illness when she was 14 that was supposed to be fatal, so I am thankful for that.
    I love that Savannah cat in the film. One of our cats now is named Savannah, but she's just an alley cat. No, we didn't learn our lesson the first time, should have listened to Holly Golightly (or maybe not).
    I'll pray for you and Celine, that her passing will be peaceful. I know it hurts so badly to lose a faithful friend.

  5. Aw, Terry...
    I know she was a lucky cat to be your best friend.

  6. Terry Dearest...

    My heart breaks for you...

    In addition to your grief your other kitty friend will miss her greatly..

    May the angels and St Francis come and comfort both of you..

    I will pray for you and your animal friends tomorrow morning at Communion Service.

    God Bless... Sara

  7. Prayers and a hug here.

  8. Thanks everyone - very much. It is Xena-Celine. She's been into the Dr. twice so far this week - a rapidly accelerating something happened - most likely a stroke. She's comfortable - although incontinent and has problems walking. If she does not die in her sleep she will have to return to the Dr. for the last time tomorrow. I'm asking the saints and our Lady to ask the Lord to "take back his breath" during the night.

    If not, she will have to get a lift at the Doctor's sometime tomorrow.

    Mrs. Rabbitowitz explained the death of animals to me a long time ago - so I'm doing just fine. Thanks for your concern and prayers.

  9. Mr. Terry: My love and prayers.
    It's so darned hard to lose someone (a pet) who has been so devoted, so loving and so attentive...
    I have cried over the loss of our dogs here, even if they were so obnoxious, nasty and just plain naughty...
    The beagle we had to "put down", who actually bit me several times, I cried over,....and then had to hear "First Confessions" of a bunch of second about having to "bite the bullet"...anyway...You're in my heart and prayers, dearest.

  10. Terry - so sorry. You're in my prayers.

  11. michael r.8:57 AM

    Very sorry to hear about your Xena-Celine. I'm not a cat person, but I understand because I am owned by a house full of dogs, and lost one earlier this year. It's never easy. (Just got released again from the hospital myself, having suffered a major seizure. I thought it was death coming, and I have to tell you, it was as unpleasant and painful an experience as I can imagine. I'm not going quietly now. I'm on the warpath!)

  12. Today is the feast of our great saint and as you know that devotion, I sure in his day, my prayer for t, i and this great blog. Her from the Lord you great graces. A hug

    Me permito usar el español para decirte sus versos más conocidos.
    "Nada te turbe; nada te espante;todo se pasa;Dios no se muda, la paciencia todo lo alcanza. Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta. ¡Solo Dios Basta!"

  13. My prayers for you, dear Brother.
    Today is probably going to be really tough...just know that even if we're not there physically, you are in our hearts.

  14. St Teresa of Avila...on this your feast day please pray for and comfort our Dear Terry and his feline companions.

    Guardian ever near.

    St Francis--please pray for and protect our dear pets.


  15. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Terry.



  16. This little kid looks like one of my nephews, one of my sister, Mary's the music! Very Irish!
    Mr. Terry, we love you!

  17. My hear goes out to you, my friend. I'm all to familiar with this excruciating moment. I've posted this one my blog before, and amazingly, it does remind me that it's best to be brokenhearted than safe. Cliche but true:

    "There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless -it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell."~From the book The Four Loves by C.S.Lewis

  18. Terry, please forgive the spelling errors in my above comment. I was typing very fast!

  19. Mr. Terry: I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of Xena-Celine...believe me...
    May our Lord, our Lady and good Saint Joseph comfort you...I do know how much the passing of a "good friend" can be so very difficult...I had to assent to putting our "Josie" a fourteenyearold shelty/mix down when she was in renal failure...I cried so hard...she was such a good absolutely sensitive to the hurt of others, such a a good all ways.
    I understand, my friend, my brother.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  20. Terry, I'm so very sorry. I just lost my cat, Sylvester, as well, so I have an inkling what you're going through...

    Prayers for you in your time of loss.

  21. Mr. Terry: I'm a "little person" and "simple person" even if I happen to be a religious and a priest (how did THAT happen??)...
    and, maybe to the gasp of the devout, I think our pets do accompany us into the "afterlife"...I spent a childhood devoid of the love and care I should have received from kitties and doggies were my comfort (even baby piggies)...And throughout my life my dogs, cats and whatever have loved me's not to say that human love or divine love is not important...but the animal world did LOVE ME...I'm so grateful for that...there are pictures of me holding my Kitty as a three year old...she loved me even if I was very naughty to her...she loved me.
    And I believe that counts in the Kingdom of God where all creation will be renewed in Him. Amen.

  22. Thanks to every single one of you - I so appreciate your condolences. I took the other post down - but for those just coming into this - Xena died at 4PM October 15.

    God bless all of you - and thank you very much.

  23. Mr. Terry;
    I hope to God this does not bode badly for the "new communities"...WTH has been going on there??
    This is very disturbing to me...unless there were some very bad things going on.

  24. Father, there's more about it here:

  25. Terry - the reflection on Xena is one of the most beautiful poignant things I have ever read.

    I'm sorry for your loss - you're a good steward of the gifts God has given you. That's why it hurts.

    God bless you - I will pray for you.

  26. Melody K: For some reason I can't get on the page you posted.
    I'll just pray...
    I have some connection with the "Lambs"...I'm spiritual director for a local prayer group...I'm not only interested but concerned about what exactly is happening here...

  27. Thank you so much for your thoughts on your latest post. Personally, I think Heaven would be a lonely place without our little friends with us...

  28. Father - I posted about the Lambs today.

    Larry - thanks I removed it then Melody suggested I repost it.


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