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Saint Scholastica

Saint Scholastica was the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia and was born around 480 AD in Umbria into a very wealthy family. While we don't know much of her very early life, we do know that she spent her childhood with her brother learning of Christ and eventually left home to establish a hermitage for consecrated virgins about five miles from Monte Cassino in a region known as Plombariola.

Once a year Saint Benedict would come and visit her at the nunnery as she was not allowed inside the monastery. The two would spend their day discussing different matters of theology and spirituality in Christ. On one visit, Saint Scholastica began to feel her death would soon be approaching and asked her brother if he would stay until the following day. His Rule was to never spend a night outside the monastery and so began to refuse. She put her hands together in prayer and prayed to God silently. Suddenly a violent thunderstorm approached outside and Saint Benedict was unable to leave. He shouted “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?”

“I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.”

Realizing that love was more important on this night, Saint Benedict stayed with her. Three days later, while praying at his monastery, he had a vision of his sister's soul leaving Earth and ascending in the form of a white dove. He had her remains brought to the monastery and laid in a tomb that he had prepared for himself.

Saint Scholastica's feast day is celebrated on February 10th and she is honored as the patron saint of Benedictine nuns, education, convulsive children, reading, and is often invoked against storms.

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