|Boy-monks: universal, not creepy|
Cœmgen's little community grew into a good sized monastery. Although Berach eventually left and founded a monastery of his own, he effected a couple of miracles while he lived there. The first involved Bel, his favorite cow, and her little red calf. He looked out the window of his cell in the tower (monk's have cells, not cubicula or bedrooms) and spotted a wolf prowling near the herd. Fearful for the calf, he raced down the stairs (or more likely, the ladder) and out through the gate. Much to his distress, by the time he arrived in the field, the wolf had gorged itself on veal (more or less) and Bel was lowing in grief.
|Cow-wolves? Only in Termonbarry|
At first he was moved by pity for the cow and anger at the wolf. Yet he contemplated the evident nature of beasts, the circle of life, and all that. He was determined to make things better for Bel, but he could hardly fault the wolf, so he called the two animals together. Taking literally the Biblical verse that humans get dominion over the animals, Berach instructed the animals to adopt each other, mother and son. The wolf remained at the monastery like a faithful guard dog and the cow looked after it maternally.
|I don't see apples and sorrel|
|Monk in the snow -- also universal|