Saint Scholastica’s Feast Day
The feast day of Saint Scholastica (480-543), twin sister of Saint Benedict, is today February 10th. Considered the patron saint of Benedictine women and education, her life, like her brother’s, was centered on love and peace. At a very young age, she devoted herself to God and established a convent about five miles from Benedict’s monastery. They enjoyed a close relationship, meeting yearly to discuss spiritual matters.
As you may recall, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida refer often to Saint Benedict’s The Rule. His vision of how to live in community begins with the words “Listen with the ear of the heart.” The story of what would be Benedict’s last visit with his sister Scholastica illustrates how strong the communication link or dialogue can be between God and His people. Scholastica, feeling somewhat unsettled, wanted her dear brother to stay the night on this particular visit. Though she implored him, Benedict insisted on the necessity of returning to his monastery. Saint Scholastica prayed to God who listened and within minutes, a roar of thunder and heavy rain made it impossible for her brother to leave. It would be the last time the siblings would share precious time together. Saint Scholastica died three days later.
The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago remind us that January 24th is the memorial of Francis de Sales who is known as the great saintly communicator. In that vein, Pope Francis writes on the 56th Annual World Day of Communications about “Listening with the ear of the heart.” The Pope’s message reads “From the pages of Scripture we learn that listening means not only the perception of sound, but is essentially linked to the dialogical relationship between God and humanity.”
We pray fervently that our patron Saint Scholastica, cradles our hearts so that we truly listen with heartfelt compassion always.