Happy Feast of St. Scholastica

Happy Feast of St. Scholastica

Today is the feast of St. Scholastica. She is the twin sister of St. Benedict and very little is known about her. In the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, there is one story about Benedict and Scholastica. Annually, they met at a point midway between their two monasteries to visit about all types of topics. As the day was drawing to a close, Scholastica was not ready for their visit to end. She asked Benedict to stay through the night so they could continue their enriching discussion on the spiritual life. Benedict refused. Scholastica put her head down in prayer and suddenly a great thunderstorm with rain and wind came, making travel impossible. Scholastica got her wish! Benedict was quite upset with her, but Scholastica said, “I asked you for a favor and you refused. I asked my God and I got it.”

On my trip to Italy last fall, I visited the Sacro Speco (Sacred Cave) of St. Benedict in Subiaco. One of the frescoes in the church depicts the meeting between Benedict and Scholastica. I had seen it on a holy card, but to see it in person was touching. St. Scholastica is a model of trust for me. She trusted that God would hear her prayer. She also models the importance of relationships and time spent with those who are special to us. She so valued her time with her brother that she just couldn’t let it end. Life is busy but it should never be too busy to not give time to those we love. The older I get, I realize that visits with family and friends cannot be taken for granted. May the spirit of St. Scholastica bless our time with those we love.

~Nicole Kunze, OSB


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