Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy St. Scholastica day!

I've been neglecting my blog lately (you can guess why) so but I had to mark the feast day of St. Scholastica, for three reasons:

  1. She's got the coolest name ever. I mean, you know she was smart if that's what her mom and dad named her.
  2. We don't know much about her, aside from her famous twin brother. She needs a little more love.
  3. Because of this story:
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, the Saint, 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 the Saint 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.


I just think it's kind of cool. And I wonder how it played out…

SCHOLASTICA: St. Brother, I am at the brink of death. Will you keep me company?

BENEDICT: Sorry. I'm going to be late for Vespers.

SCHOLASTICA: ??Vespers!?! I'm gonna be singing Vespers in heaven, for Pete's sake! Speaking of Pete, I'm going to tell him you said that when I meet him. Later tonight.

BENEDICT: Um…well, you see, St. Sister, I actually wrote this rule. And…the rule says I got to be back for Vespers.

SCHOLASTICA: To heaven with the rule! I'm dying here!

BENEDICT: You don't understand! They named the rule after me! I can't break it! I mean, St. Benedict can't break the Benedictine rule! It would cause some kinda rift in the space-time continuum!


SCHOLASTICA: Fine. (aside) I'll show YOU a rift in the space time continuum…


SCHOLASTICA: Nothing. Go do your big important Vespers.


(Folds hands, starts praying.)


BENEDICT: Aaaah!! Rift! Rift!

  Happy Scholastica day!



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