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Saint Scholastica


It was the custom of that worshipful woman, Scholastica, sister to our Father Benedict, to come to see her brother once every year. And there was a day when she came, as her custom was, and they passed the whole day together, praising God, and speaking one to the other of spiritual things. Then the holy woman his sister besought him saying: Leave me not, I pray thee, this night, but let us speak even until morning of the gladness of the eternal life. But he answered her: I can by no means remain outside of my cell. Now the firmament was so clear that there were no clouds in the sky. And the holy nun, when she had heard the words of her brother, that he would not abide with her, clasped her hands on the table, and laid her face on her hands, and besought the Lord Almighty. And it came to pass that when she lifted up her head from the table, there were great thunderings and lightnings, and a flood of rain, insomuch that neither the worshipful Benedict, nor the brethren that were with him, could move so much as a foot over the threshold of the place where they sat.

Now the man of God, when he saw that he could not return to his monastery, because of the lightnings and thunderings and great rain, was sorrowful and grieved, saying: Almighty God forgive thee, my sister; what is this that thou hast done? To whom she gave answer: Behold, I besought thee, and thou wouldest not hear; I besought my God, and he hath heard me. And so it came to pass that they slept not all that night, but fed one another with discourse on spiritual things.

And when the morning was come, the worshipful woman arose, and went unto her own cell, and the man of God went back to his monastery. And, behold, after three days he was sitting in his cell, and he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and saw the soul of his sister, as though set free from the body, and flying to heaven in a bodily shape like unto a dove. Wherefore he rejoiced because of the glory that was revealed in her, and gave thanks to Almighty God in hymns and praises. And he commanded his brethren to go and take up her body and bring it to his monastery, and lay it in the grave which he had made ready for himself. Whereby it came to pass that they twain who had ever been of one mind in the Lord, even in death were not divided.

From the Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Pope


O GOD, who for a testimony to the path of innocency didst cause the soul of blessed Scholastica, thy Virgin, to enter heaven in the appearance of a dove: grant unto us, that by her merits and intercession we may walk in such innocency of life; that we may be worthy to attain to everlasting felicity. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1111-1112

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