Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 10 February

detail of a statue of Saint Scholastica at the monastery of Montecassino, Italy; swiped off WikipediaSaint Scholastica, Virgin

Saint Scholastica was born at Norcia, between the Sabine country and Umbria. Her mother’s name was Abundance. She herself earned the name of Scholastica, or scholar, from being all her life a faithful learner in the school of perfection. It was she who first introduced among nuns the rule of Saint Benedict, her brother, a rule which has since been embraced by so many empresses, princesses and countless holy souls. She recommended her religious to shun, as far as possible, conversations even with pious persons, in order to preserve a spirit of recollection and prayer, and she was the first to set them an example in this respect. Although her interviews with Saint Benedict were so praiseworthy and free from all that was purely human, she held them only once a year. This was sufficient to nourish her soul for a whole year and through her the souls of her Sisters, to whom she always gave an account of her conferences. On the occasion of their last meeting, she, having a presentiment that she would never see him again, obtained by her prayers a sudden and heavy torrent of rain. Thus prevented from leaving, her brother in spite of his complaints and protestations, was obliged to remain and spend the night in holy conference with Saint Scholastica. When she died, Saint Benedict saw her soul mount up to Heaven in the form of a white dove, and instead of mourning he sang hymns of joy (643).

Prayer

O my God, give me a taste for holy meditations and a disgust for worldly conversation.

Practice

At recreation, speak of the happiness of belonging to God alone.