This summer I enjoyed the privilege of spending a few days at a Benedictine Monastery on a high desert hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California. It is a sacred place I frequented for retreat and renewal times when I taught in San Diego forty years ago, but have not been back since. One of the monks who welcomed me and my friend is Brother Blaise, the monastery’s beekeeper. Brother Blaise is soft-spoken, with big gleeful eyes and a smile that bridges from one bit of humor to the next. Not unlike his bees creating sweet honey, Brother Blaise exudes pure kindness and gentleness, a generous sharing of himself and his gifts of work-and-prayer-imbued life and personality….
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