Friday, February 10, 2012

St. Scholastica

Our February Saint is St. Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict.  She's the patron of nuns, convulsive children, and against storms and rain.  (Though we won't ask for any rain to stop around here!)

I didn't know anything at all about St. Scholastica, so it's been fun to learn a bit about her.  Here's the most common story about her life.  From here. 

Saint Gregory tells the charming story of the last meeting of the two saints on earth. Scholastica and Benedict had spent the day in the "mutual comfort of heavenly talk" and with nightfall approaching, Benedict prepared to leave.

Scholastica, having a presentiment that it would be their last opportunity to see each other alive, asked him to spend the evening in conversation. Benedict sternly refused because he did not wish to break his own rule by spending a night away from Monte Cassino. Thereupon, Scholastica cried openly, laid her head upon the table, and prayed that God would intercede for her. As she did so, a sudden storm arose. The violent rain and hail came in such a torrential downpour that Benedict and his companions were unable to depart.

"May Almighty God forgive you, sister" said Benedict, "for what you have done."

"I asked a favor of you," Scholastica replied simply, "and you refused it. I asked it of God, and He has granted it!"

We can learn from St. Scholastica that it's good to love your siblings, and that God cares about the things that we care about.  Good lessons for our little family.  

Happy Feast Day, St. Scholastica!

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