Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saint February 10 : St. Scholastica, Twin Sister of St. Benedict and the Patron of Nuns and Storms



Feast Day:
February 10
Born:
480, Nursia, Italy
Died:
543
Patron of:
convulsive children; nuns; invoked against storms and rain

BENEDICTINE ABBESS AND FOUNDER, VIRGIN
“St. Gregory tells us that St. Benedict governed nuns as well as monks, and it seems clear that St. Scholastica must have been their abbess, under his direction. She used to visit her brother once a year and, since she was not allowed to enter his monastery, he used to go with some of his monks to meet her at a house a little way off. They spent these visits praising God and in conversing together on spiritual matters.
“St. Gregory gives a remarkable description of the last of these visits. After they had passed the day as usual they sat down in the evening to have supper. When it was finished, Scholastica, possibly foreseeing that it would be their last interview in this world, begged her brother to delay his return till the next day that they might spend the time discoursing of the joys of Heaven. Benedict, who was unwilling to transgress his rule, told her that he could not pass a night away from his monastery. When Scholastica found that she could not move him, she laid her head upon her hands which were clasped together on the table and besought God to interpose on her behalf.
“Her prayer was scarcely ended when there arose such a violent storm of rain with thunder and lightning that St. Benedict and his companions were unable to set foot outside the door. He exclaimed, ‘God forgive you, sister; what have you done?’ Whereupon she answered, ‘I asked a favour of you and you refused it. I asked it of God, and He has granted it.’
“Benedict was therefore forced to comply with her request, and they spent the night talking about holy things and about the felicity of the blessed to which they both ardently aspired and which she was soon to enjoy.
“The next morning they parted, and three days later St. Scholastica died. St. Benedict was at the time alone in his cell absorbed in prayer when, lifting up his eyes, he saw his sister’s soul ascending to Heaven as a dove. Filled with joy at her happiness, he thanked God and announced her death to his brethren. He then sent some of the monks to fetch her body which he placed in a tomb which he had prepared for himself.”
Edited from Butler's Lives of the Saints
Prayer in honor of St. Scholastica
In this short prayer in honor of Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia, patron saint of Europe, we ask God to grant us the grace to live our lives in imitation of Saint Scholastica's virtues. Amen.
St. Scholastica Novena 

Opening Prayer
St. Scholastica, God granted your request because of your great love. I ask now that you turn to God with my request out of your great love for Him and your great love for me.

(State your intentions here)
 Each day of the Novena say 1 Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

Day 1:
Love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by becoming more patient.

Day 2:
Love is kind (1 Cor. 13:4). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by becoming more kind.

Day 3:
Love is not jealous (1 Cor. 13:4). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by becoming more grateful, and by overcoming my disordered desires for the goods or traits of my neighbor.

Day 4:
Love is not pompous or inflated (1 Cor. 13:4). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by becoming more humble.

Day 5:
Love is not rude (1 Cor. 13:5). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by becoming more courteous in mind and speech.

Day 6:
Love does not seek its own interests (1 Cor. 13:5). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by seeking God’s will and the interests of others before my own.

Day 7:
Love is not quick-tempered (1 Cor. 13:5). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by gaining greater control over my emotions.

Day 8:
Love does not brood over injury (1 Cor. 13:5). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by more readily forgiving those who have hurt me.

Day 9:
Love does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth (1 Cor. 13:4). Through God’s grace, help me, St. Scholastica, to grow in love by honoring the good in others and never celebrating another’s shame.

Closing Prayer
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:7-8). St. Scholastica, you were a great witness to this truth. Help me to believe it more fully and to live it out each day. Amen.

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