Saint for the Day - February 10 - St. Scholastica
Of this Saint but
little is known on earth, save that she was the
sister of the great patriarch St. Benedict, and
that, under his direction, she founded and governed
a numerous community near Monte Casino. St. Gregory
sums up her life by saying that she devoted herself
to God from her childhood, and that her pure soul
went to God in the likeness of a dove, as if to show
that her life had been enriched with the fullest
gifts of the Holy Spirit. Her brother was accustomed
to visit her every year, for "she could not be sated
or wearied with the words of grace
which flowed from his lips." On his last visit,
after a day passed in spiritual converse, the Saint,
knowing that her end was near, said, "My brother,
leave me not, I pray you, this night, but discourse
with me till dawn on the bliss of those who see God
in heaven." St. Benedict would not, break his rule
at the bidding of natural affection; and then the
Saint bowed her head on her hands and prayed; and
there arose a storm so violent that St. Benedict
could not return to his monastery, and they passed
the night in heavenly conversation.
Three days later St. Benedict saw in a vision the
soul of his sister going up in the likeness of a
dove into heaven. Then he gave thanks to God for the
graces He had given her, and for the glory which had
crowned them. When she died, St. Benedict, her
spiritual daughters, and the monks sent by St.
Benedict mingled their tears and prayed, "Alas!
alas! dearest mother, to whom dost thou leave us
now? Pray for us to Jesus, to Whom thou art gone."
They then devoutly celebrated holy Mass, "commending
her soul to God;" and her body was borne to Monte
Casino, and laid by her brother in the tomb he had
prepared for himself." And they bewailed her many
days;" and St. Benedict said, "Weep not, sisters and
brothers; for assuredly Jesus has taken her before
us to be our aid and defence against all our
enemies, that we may stand in the evil day and be in
all things perfect." She died about the year 543.
Saint for the Day - St. Scholastica
Read about the Saint for today - February 10 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Our relatives must be loved in
and for God; otherwise the
purest affection becomes
inordinate and is so much taken
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