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Deepertruth: Celebrating God's Catholic Hall of Fame, The St. Scholastica Story

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St. Scholastica was from a very young age strong in her Catholic faith.  She wanted to live a life much like Sts Agatha and Lucy as she heard the heroic tales of their faith.  480 A.D. was a time when most young girls, especially from wealthy homes, were literate, well learned, often given in marriage, could own properties, and even divorce.  That was not St. Scholastica.

St. Scholastica preferred to live within a community, which began at her father's house where other pious women joined her in forming a religious community.  They desired to live a Catholic spirituality that would bring them closer to Jesus.  Living in a hermitage, St. Scholastica dedicated her whole life for God.  What a great testimony this is of Anicius Eupropius and his wife! It is reported that St. Scholastica's religious group would stay with her father until he died.  He is a blessed man!

Later, St. Scholastica would move to Piumarola near Monte Cassino establishing the first known "Benedicting" convent.  Being the twin sister of her Brother, St. Benedict, that would be true as both were very close, another great example coming from the Parents.

Every year, St. Scholastica would meet with her Brother, St. Benedict to pray together, discuss things religious, and catch up with their plans.  One such day after supper they continued talking about their prayer when St. Benedict felt it was time to go back to his abbey according to his rule.  This particular time, St. Scholastica requested that her Brother spend the night with her.  He was still wanting to head for the abbey when St. Scholastica simply closed her hands in prayer when all of a sudden an abrupt storm came causing flooding and heavy rain.

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