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Feast of Saint Scholastica

(480 – 542 A.D.)

St. Scholastica was born in Nursia, Italy, to a noble Roman family, along with her twin brother, the famous St. Benedict of Nursia.  Their mother died in childbirth.  Scholastica was dedicated to God as a child, and from a young age both siblings sensed a special divine calling.  They both entered religious life and established communities within five miles of each other; St. Scholastica led a convent near Monte Cassino where Benedict established his world-renowned monastery.

Because of the isolated nature of their vocations, the siblings only met once a year at a local farmhouse to discuss spiritual matters.  During what was to be their final meeting, St. Scholastica had a premonition that her death was imminent.  She asked Benedict to spend the night at the farmhouse so they could continue their visit, but he refused as it was forbidden in his monastic rule.  Scholastica turned her request to God and prayed that her brother would stay with her.  Suddenly a great thunderstorm erupted that made travel impossible, and Benedict was forced to stay.  Scholastica died a few days later, and in a vision St. Benedict saw her soul leave her body in the form of a dove.

St. Scholastica is the patron of nuns and against lightning, rain, and storms.  Her feast day is February 10.

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I asked a favor of you, and you refused it. I asked it of God and He granted it!”

Saint Scholastica
Death of Saint Scholastica (1765), Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl, Basilica of Kleinmariazell ( Lower Austria )

If men knew the peace good Religious enjoy, the whole world would become a monastery.”

Saint Scholastica
de Champaigne, Jean Baptiste, 1631-1681; Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica and Two Companions in a Landscape
de Champaigne, Jean Baptiste; Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica and Two Companions in a Landscape; National Trust, Calke Abbey

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope


Saint Scholastica, Patron Saint of Nuns, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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