Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Scholastica, Virgin

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

Saint Scholastica was the sister of the great Saint Benedict, and her soul was his particular charge from early youth. When her holy brother founded the monastery of Monte Cassino, Scholastica took up her abode close by, and thus was able, at intervals, to receive the instructions and direction of Saint Benedict. At their last interview, Scholastica felt a premonition of her approaching death, and besought her brother to extend his visit beyond its usual limits. This, through a spirit of mortification, he declined to do. Saint Scholastica had recourse to prayer; and a sudden storm arose, whose violence compelled Saint Benedict to remain where he was. Three days afterward, on the 10th of February, 543, Benedict beheld his sister’s soul ascending to heaven in the form of a white dove.

. . . It is enough
To catch one glimpse of heaven’s blue,
For us to know the beauty of the sky.
It is enough to tell a little part
Of her most holy life, that you may know
The hidden grace and splendor of the whole.
– Father Ryan

Favorite Practice – To submit one’s spiritual life to the guidance of a wise and enlightened director.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Scholastica, Virgin”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>