St. Scholastica


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/10


Patron Of: Against Rain, Convulsive Children, Nuns, Storms

Memorial
    10 February

Profile
    Twin sister of Saint Benedict. Born to the noblility. Her mother died in childbirth. Nun. See the Readings section below for Pope Saint Gregory's telling of some of the stories of her life.

Born
    480

Died
    543 of natural causes

Name Meaning
    she who has leisure to devote to study

Patronage
    against rain
    convulsive children
    nuns
    storms

Readings
    Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate.

    One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together.

    Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother, "Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life."

    "Sister," he replied, "What are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell."

    When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly, he began to complain.

    "May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?"

    "Well, she answered, "I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery."

    So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life.

    Three days later, Benedict was in his cell. Looking up to the sky, he saw his sister's soul leave her body in the form of a dove, and fly up to the secret places of heaven. Rejoicing in her great glory, he thanked almighty God with hymns and words of praise. He then sent his brethren to bring her body to the monastery and lay it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.

    -from Dialogues by Pope Saint Gregory the Great



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