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Monday, January 22, 2007


A friend's cat died today and it reminded me of my cat Data, who died a year ago (the 19th). I thought of posting something about him, then thought better of it, but now ... I've been reading a book by James Alison - Knowing Jesus. There's a part in the beginning where he talks about what it's like when you have a relationship with someone and they die. He says the relationship's over because it's no longer mutaul ... that idea makes me sad.


Blogger Jeff said...

That was a lovely cat. Sorry to hear about that. Interesting name. Where did you come up with the name 'Data'?

Have you ever of a book called Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp? I think you would appreciate it.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand what Alison means, but I don't quite agree...

Data was a lovely cat.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Data looks soooo much like my all-time favorite cat, King, who died several years ago. He was the most loving cat I've ever encountered. Data looks like he was a lover as well.

Is the name from Star Trek: Next Generation?

I don't care what anybody else says, I think there will be animals in Heaven. Who's to say that Humans are G-d's favorite creatures anyway?

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't for a minute continue to beleiev that your relationship with that cute cat is over.

I think the whole 'communion of saints' idea means that the relationship with those who have died is most definately not over...just changed maybe.

Now sure this is a cat and not a person, but one of my Franciscan profs (of course) was a firm believer that all creatures would share in the Kingdom to come, pointing out often that it is all of creation that Christ redeemed and that it is all of creation (every plant, animal and person) that is invited to the banquet.

We have on old grouchy cat and a young hyper beagle and lost a beloved, surprisingly affectionate bunny a few years ago. If I love them as much as I know I do, how could God, who's love far out-paces mine, love them any less?

Hmm..sci-fi lover? Is this a Star Trek inspired name?

2:26 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff -

I named him after Mr. Data of Star Trek :-). Thanks for the book recommendation.

3:10 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Liam - thanks.

3:15 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


yes, I named him after Mr. Data, becuse he was so sweet and affectionate, which I guess doesn't make sense, as Data was an android. I hope animals will be there too ... everything that was created, except ants :-)

3:18 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


thanks :-) yep, Star Trek.

A bunny! I read a book once about New York apartment bunnies ... they knew how to use the litter boxes.

I like your prof's idea very much.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...


I'm convinced you'll see your cats and other loved ones again someday...

Speaking of books, was the Kathryn James Hermes book any good at all?

4:32 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


yes, it was very helpful - thanks! In fact, I finished it, and just sold it a couple of days ago, to someone in Torrance. Did I mention that I sell my used books, DVDs, and CDs at Amazon? It helps me to not feel so guilty about buying them :-)

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the picture. I am sure that we will meet our pets on the other side. And you know why? I cannot imagine that something can prevent Tzutzu, my cat, from terrorize me.:-)(He bites!)

9:56 AM  
Blogger crystal said...


Data used to bite me too ... I called him "the nibbler" :-)

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nibbler.:-)).
Now Tzutzu is with my parents, so I see him when I visit them. My mom use to say that she will send it to me if he gets too cheeky (i mean if he bites too much).

10:52 AM  

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