|Maeveen with Cali|
The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius (the Dog Star) in proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather. These dog days of summer are most commonly experienced from mid July to mid August.
Sirius is the brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) and the brightest star in the night sky. It is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it.
In the summer, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, giving us the hot weather.
They also believed these days to be an evil time when the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, all other creatures became languid, and diseases, burning fevers, hysterics occurred in humans. For us modern mortals, these long hot days are the time when tempers are short, nights can be sleepless and energy is on the low side.
|LC Van Savage, Maine|
People often comment how peaceful it seems in a monastery and sometimes (when my temper is short) I will reply: try living with a bunch of women. The analogy I have used is being in the same boat (the monastery), rowing in the same direction (which is towards Christ) but sometimes our oars get a bit off rhythm, causing a temporary loss of balance.
As in any dynamic relationship, nuns (and monks) at times come into conflict with one another. Guests may see us as perfect, holy, peaceful, etc. but we know better! Being in that boat together we practice our vow of "Conversatio" or Conversion of Life, DAILY. Like any good marriage, if we did not work on relationship, trying to work in rhythm, the boat would sink, taking us with it.