I feel like I am learning something new every day when it comes to bees. Yesterday I learned that St. Benedict is the patron saint of bee keepers, that there is a formal blessing of bees and that the Benedictine monastery where I went to graduate school (and the Abbey where my husband and I were married) are all very much connected to the practice of bee keeping.
Benedictine values/values of a bee keeper:
Be peace filled
Be a good listener
Be in community
For a long time now, I have believed that I am picking up the breadcrumbs left along the path by God for me to find. This feels like another breadcrumb that helps to solidify the journey on which I am being led. Today I am feeling thankful for the gentle, providential guidance.
O Lord, God almighty, who hast created heaven and earth and every animal existing over them and in them for the use of men, and who hast commanded through the ministers of holy Church that candles made from the products of bees be lit in church during the carrying out of the sacred office in which the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ thy Son is made present and is received; may thy holy blessing descend upon these bees and these hives, so that they may multiply, be fruitful and be preserved from all ills and that the fruits coming forth from them may be distributed for thy praise and that of thy Son and the holy Spirit and of the most blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Benedict is the patron of beekeepers, and many Catholic beekeepers attach medals of St. Benedict on their hives. St. Benedict's feast was formerly March 21, but is now celebrated on July 11.