Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) was an English anchoress, meaning she'd been walled into her own room in the church to spend her days praying and doing nun stuff. Her book "Revelations of Divine Love" is the first English language book written by a woman. She is always depicted with a cat.Julian of Norwich is regarded as one of the most important Christian mystics.
Pray, even if you feel nothing, see nothing. For when you are dry, empty, sick or weak, at such a time is your prayer most pleasing to God, even though you may find little joy in it. This is true of all believing prayer. - Julian of Norwich