Friday, February 10, 2012

St. Scholastica

"She was able to do more because she loved more." These are the words of Pope St. Gregory the Great about today's saint, St. Scholastic. 

What a powerful reminder these words are to me, to cook dinner with more love, to do another load of laundry with more love, to run back home (again) for the forgotten lunch, band instrument or book and to spend "carefree timelessness with my husband. Let us today love more.

Here is a brief biography of this great saint.

"St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict. She consecrated her life to God at an early age. She became the abbess of a monastery of nuns a few miles from that of St. Benedict.

She and her brother visited each other once a year. Since she was not allowed to enter his monastery, they met at a house some distance away, where they spent their time together praying and speaking of God and of spiritual topics.

As St. Gregory describes it in his dialogues, on one occasion St. Benedict was preparing to leave as evening drew near, but his sister begged him to stay. He, however, was horrified at the thought of not returning to his monastery and refused. And so she bowed her head in tears and earnest prayer to the Lord. Immediately a terrific thunderstorm broke out, and St. Benedict was forced to remain. As St. Gregory relates, “And so it happened that they passed the whole night in vigil and each fully satisfied the other with holy talk on the spiritual life.” The Pope goes on to say, “Nor is it any surprise that the woman who wished to see her brother for a longer time was on this occasion stronger than he, for according to the words of John, ‘God is love,’ and by an altogether fair judgment, she was able to do more because she loved more.”

The next morning, Benedict returned to his monastery. Three days later, as he was at prayer, “he saw the soul of his sister leaving her body and penetrating the secret places of heaven under the form of a dove.” He had her body brought to his monastery and placed in the tomb he had already prepared for himself.

St. Scholastica died about the year 543."

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