Her brother was accustomed to visit her every year, for “she could not be sated or wearied with the words of grace which flowed from his lips.” On his last visit, after a day passed in spiritual converse, St. Scholastica, knowing that her end was near, said, “My brother, leave me not, I pray you, this night, but discourse with me till dawn on the bliss of those who see God in heaven.” St. Benedict would not break his rule at the bidding of natural affection; and then St. Scholastica bowed her head on her hands and prayed; and there arose a storm so violent that St. Benedict could not return to his monastery, and they passed the night in heavenly conversation.
Three days later St. Benedict saw in a vision the soul of his sister going up in the likeness of a dove into heaven . Then he gave thanks to God for the graces He had given her, and for the glory which had crowned them . When St. Scholastica died, St. Benedict, her spiritual daughters, and the monks sent by St. Benedict mingled their tears and prayed, “Alas! alas! dearest mother, to whom dost thou leave us now? Pray for us to Jesus, to Whom thou art gone.
“They then devoutly celebrated holy Mass, “commending St. Scholastica’s soul to God,” Her body was borne to Monte Casino, and laid by her brother in the tomb he had prepared for himself. “And they bewailed her many days; “and St. Benedict said, “Weep not, sisters and brothers ; for assuredly Jesus has taken her before us to be our aid and defence against all our enemies, that we may stand in the evil day and be in all things perfect.” St. Scholastica died about the year 543.
REFLECTION – Our relatives must be loved in and for God; otherwise the purest affection becomes inordinate and is so much taken from Him.
Dania Michael is the wife of CLAA headmaster, William Michael. She studied Classics at Rutgers University and worked as an elementary private school teacher before the birth of her first child. Since then, Mrs. Michael has homeschooled her ten children. Mrs. Michael provides direct, daily support for homeschool families by live chat and by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.