Sweeter than Honey

Saturday morning again. We are, young and old, strong and not-so-strong, on our way to do our monastic  “Beehive” assignments.  The assignments could be anything from sewing, to digging a trench, building a barn, dusting the church, cleaning bathrooms, etc.  Some tasks take months of Saturday mornings to complete, while others are finished in an hour or two, but will need to be repeated the next Saturday. As the Rule of Benedict says, “A monk’s work is never done”.

It is mid morning; time for a half-hour break. Over a cup of hot coffee and a slice of banana bread we fellowship – we connect.  We laugh, share, pet dogs (yes there are snacks for the dogs), and the kids run off their excess energy.

Beehives are industrious places. The hives are enclosed structures in which honey bees live and raise their young as well as produce honey and pollinate nearby crops. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees.


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About Chaptergrams

Originally from Frederick, Maryland, I was born in 1946 - a classic Baby Boomer. I have been married and widowed twice, have three daughters, and two grandsons. Jesus Christ became a reality in my life through a televised Billy Graham crusade in 1974. Because both of my husbands were in the military, I had the good fortune to live in many states and overseas. I sensed a call to the Community of Jesus in 1975 but didn’t move here until 1989. Two of my daughters are vowed members of CJ and one daughter is married and living in Maryland. I am also fortunate to have two grandsons who live here as well. After working at Paraclete Press for almost 17 years, I am now the Steward of the Chapter House and also work for Spirit of America. The Chapter House is a busy place as it houses rehearsal and practice rooms, the music library, and the Chapter Room. I also serve as a Docent and an Oblate Director. Soon I will be a mentor to one of our youth in our new Christian Ed program. I enjoy growing herbs, trying different foods on the grill, bright colors, reading, cold weather, the wind, hummingbirds, chant and Yo-Yo Ma.

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