Wednesday, February 10, 2010

St. Scholastica

Today is the feast day of St. Scholastica, the sister of St. Benedict.  I especially love the stories of the saints who have a male or female spiritual companion or counterpart.  Like St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, St. Francis and St. Clare, St. Louis de Montfot and Blessed Louise, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal....the list, I'm sure can go on and on.  The development of great religious orders with a male component and a female component highlight the specific gifts given to each sex that can't be replicated by the other, but only come to their fullness when joined together. 

St. Scholastica only got to see her brother, St. Benedict, once a year.  They had to meet at a farmhouse because she was not permitted to enter the male-only monastery.  One year she was especially enraptured in a discussion with her brother on spiritual matters and it was time for him to depart.  She entreated him to stay, but he insisted that he must leave.  Not wanting to end their discussion, Scholastica sent up a prayer to the Lord asking that her brother stay.  At the end of her prayer, a violent thunderstorm broke out, preventing St. Benedict from leaving.   He is said to have remarked, "God forgive you sister!  What have you done?"  She replied, "I asked a favor of you and you refused.  I asked it of God and he granted it to me."  Three days after their meeting, St. Benedict, while at prayer, saw the soul of his sister rising to heaven.  It was to have been their last meeting.

May St. Scholastica intercede for us, especially in those times when we are feeling dryness at prayer, or failing in our trust that God hears all of our pleas.

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