This is Sr Mary Beatrix of the Holy Cross
She is one of our Portress'.
You may have meet her at our door.
Let's listen to what sister has to tell us about her journey to God.
Most of our work is quite ordinary but sometimes we meet a new challenge.
Mother had thought about keeping bees when a gardener told her that our garden was ideal for the purpose. At the time I volunteered to look after them, if Mother thought it was a good idea. I did not know the first thing about bees but I was not afraid of the little creatures.
Shortly after, we were offered two hives complete with bees so this was taken as an indication that we were meant to start beekeeping.
The hives arrived late one evening and were set in position at the end of the garden.
Some time later that summer I removed a Super from the hive, put it on the wheelbarrow, and walked towards the Monastery and then to the other side of the building. The bees wanted their honey and followed me, but as they fly in straight lines they thought they would take a short cut through the cloister. Fortunately the windows were closed but they tried hard to enter. The only way to persuade them to return home was to collect the wheelbarrow and return the super to the bottom of the garden and the bees followed.
Much later that evening when it was dark and the bees were in their hive, I was able to collect the Super and take it to the other side of the Monastery to extract the honey.
Sometimes one has to learn the hard way.