St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, devoted her life to God from her youth. She founded and led a monastery of nuns near Monte Cassino, where her brother had established his famed monastery. In this icon, Scholastica holds a crozier as the pastoral leader of her community. She visited her brother once a year, and as she was not allowed to enter his monastery, they met at a dwelling some distance away. They spent the visits discussing spiritual matters.
At their last earthly meeting, they passed the time as usual. Then Scholastica begged her brother to remain until the next day. But Benedict refused to spend the night outside his monastery. So Scholastica beseached God to interpose on her behalf. Her petition granted, a violent thunderstorm burst and prevented Benedict’s departure. They spent the night in spiritual conference.
Three days later St. Scholastica died, and her brother beheld her soul in the likeness of a dove ascending into heaven. St. Benedict had her body interred in the tomb he had prepared for himself, and he followed her soon after.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque and photo.)
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