It’s bee season. To my heart and mind, bees are among the most miraculous of God’s creations. Each bee has a specific role (charism). Their collaborative efforts reflect a definitive model for how to live and experience community. Watch bees at work in their hive to witness the meaning and blessing of co-creation. Truly, is there anything in nature more amazing than a working beehive? Beekeepers deserve a special place in heaven by virtue of their sacred vocation of caring for the bees.
When I was very ill several years ago I began to crave honey. It was one of the few foods my body could tolerate. During that long season of healing I was inspired to learn about bees. All the fascinating details my research revealed regarding bees and their hives, may one day be woven into yet another book. Meanwhile, the bee became my primary symbol for all that is life-giving. It is also, for me, an icon representive of health, hope, and creativity.
As a Sister of Belle Coeur and a Hope Bringer, I believe the bees carry a spiritual inspiration for all the reasons I’ve mentioned. Bee poems have begun to spill out onto my journal pages. I can even imagine the creation of a special liturgy, a prayer service, to celebrate the bee as one of God’s multi-faceted, living, mystical messages awaiting human deciphering.
I felt called to include a recipe for Communion bread (Le Pain de Dieu) and Little Honey Cakes in my book, The Way of Belle Coeur. My passion for the bees was important to how I discerned the title for the medieval story of the Sisters of Belle Coeur, Ink and Honey.
The bee’s glorious scented beeswax, Royal Jelly, and of course their honey are the exquisite results of their hard work, not to mention their phenomenal skills of pollination. I pray for the bees to thrive so their honey and special gifts may continue to flow and bless our world for centuries to come.
Thank you, Creator God, for the bees and the beekeepers who tend them. May they, and all of life, be protected, revered, and cherished as your Creation. Amen