"All of you who stand fast in the Lord are a holy seed, a new colony of bees..."
~ St. Augustine
Work is pleasant to God;
work is prayer.
Nothing is sweeter after having received Jesus
than to give and spread everywhere
the fragrance of His virtues.
~ St. Francis de Sales.
Holy Spirit, give me your intelligence, and I will live.Ps. XVIII
"The glory of God is the human person fully alive." ~ St. Irenaeus
'Meditation is made, we may say, as the bees make honey; for they make
it by gathering the dew that falls from heaven... Thus we go over and over the life of our
Lord in meditation, taking up one action after another, and considering
them, in order to compose the honey of holy virtues, and draw from them
the graces of a holy meditation.'
The law of the Lord is blameless, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is sure, giving wisdom to infants. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is bright, enlightening the eye. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever and ever; the judgments of the Lord are true, justified altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much precious stone; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
from the translation of Psalm 18in the Psalter of the Prophet King David
according the Septuagint translated by Holy Transfiguration Monastery
MILK & HONEY
To us is born a Child sweeter than honey.
May your soul, like a mystical bee,
never abandon the dear little King
and may everything within it be for Him.
~ St. Francis de Sales
You have giventhem bread fromHeaven; and this bread possessedallflavor. Ounheard ofmiracle. the Supreme Mastermakes of Himself the foodofthepoor and miserablecreature.
You have given them bread from heaven.
Containing all sweetness within it.
~ Prayer at Benediction
"When the bee has gathered the dew of heaven
and the earth's sweetest
nectar from the flowers,
it turns it into honey, then hastens to its
In the same way, the
priest, having taken from the altar
the Son of God (who is as the dew
from heaven, and true son of Mary, flower of our humanity), gives Him to
you as delicious food." ~ St. Francis de Sales
Imitate the vigilant honeybee
Work without ceasing for the salvation of your soul.
Enter within yourself and work in the Presence of your Spouse who is ever present, loving you.
~St. John of the Cross
Let us learn of Jesus to be sweet and humble of heart
and we will find rest for our soul.
Let us be docilechildrenof the celestialbeehive: it supportsand sustains us.
Work is pleasing to God.
The bee is more honoured than other animals,
not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.
~ St. John Chrysostom
She will find her God.
In the title and caption, printed on the verso of this holy card,