The stable was quiet as the creatures gathered around the manger. The lamb, the donkey, the cat, the mice, and the doves watched as Mary softly sang lullabies to her baby. But Baby Jesus whimpered restlessly. Swiftly the tabby cat leapt into the manger and began to purr with a deep soothing hum. Baby Jesus snuggled into a comforting sleep. In gratitude to the tabby cat, Mary marked an M on the tabby’s forehead. Ever after, tabby cats are marked with the Madonna’s M in memory of this love for the Baby Jesus.