Seraphim, like Francis of Assisi, talked to animals. One day two nuns saw him deep in conversation with a bear. The bears of the Russian forests are very ferocious, and the two women were terrified. But Seraphim reassured them and showed them.
I just love this picture. To me the kitten is looking to the old man for guidance and respect of his wisdom whilst at the same time the old man is looking at the kitten for inspiration and renewed enthusiasm for life.