Today the Church commemorates St. Scholastica (480-543), virgin. She is the patron saint of nuns and intercedes for those who is fighting against storms and lightening.
Twins often share the same interests and ideas with an equal intensity. Therefore, it is no surprise that Scholastica and her twin brother, Benedict, established religious communities within a few miles from each other.
Born in 480 of wealthy parents, Scholastica and Benedict were brought up together until he left central Italy for Rome to continue his studies. Little is known of Scholastica’s early life. She founded a religious community for women near Monte Cassino at Plombariola, five miles from where her brother governed a monastery. The twins visited each other once a year in a farmhouse because Scholastica was not permitted inside the monastery. They spent these times discussing spiritual matters. According to the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, the brother and sister spent their last day together in prayer and conversation. Scholastica sensed her death was close at hand and she begged Benedict to stay with her until the next day. He refused her request because he did not want to spend a night outside the monastery, thus breaking his own Rule. Scholastica asked God to let her brother remain and a severe thunderstorm broke out, preventing Benedict and his monks from returning to the abbey. Benedict cried out, “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?” Scholastica replied, “I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.” Brother and sister parted the next morning after their long discussion. Three days later, Benedict was praying in his monastery and saw the soul of his sister rising heavenward in the form of a white dove. Benedict then announced the death of his sister to the monks and later buried her in the tomb he had prepared for himself. (Franciscan Media, Patron Saint)
St. Scholastica and St. Benedict helped each other draw closer to God by the way they treated one another. Learning from them, our loved ones, good friends, teachers, etc... can all help us get closer to God each day.
St. Scholastica and St. Benedict, pray for us.
Hail Mary full of grace...
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
on Monday, February 10 at 7:18AM