God’s creation has a natural tendency to turn away from sinful distortion in an effort to eradicate evil. This is why animals often attack instinctively when they sense impurity within a person. Whilst in the presence of a pure soul, on the other hand, nature is often calm, helpful and tame towards people.
Based on Saint Symeon the new Theologian.
In this photograph, the beekeeper monk is shown garnering the produce of the monastery’s hives without a thought for bodily protection.