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Saint Scholastica • Playing with the SAINTS!

 

God listened to ’s prayer more than the prayers of her brother !

 

by Christine Henderson

 

St. Scholastica is not as well known as her brother, St. Benedict, but God listened to her prayer more than her brother’s!

Scholastica and her brother Benedict lived during the sixth century in Italy. Both she and her brother dedicated their lives to God. Benedict started a religious order that is still in existence today — the Benedictines. There is little information about Scholastica, but it is thought that she may have started a convent near her brother’s monastery. She was probably the abbess (head nun) of that convent.

Each year Scholastica and Benedict would meet at a place not far from either of their convents to pray together and for Scholastica to receive spiritual counsel from her brother.

The last time the two met it was a beautifully clear day. After their meal together, Scholastica begged her brother to stay the night so they could spend a little more time together. Benedict refused saying he must get back to his monastery. Scholastica then bowed her head and prayed fervently to God. Thunder crackled and the sky lit up with lightening. A fierce storm began to rage outside. The wind and rain made it impossible for Benedict to return to the monastery. “What have you done?” Benedict cried.

Schlastica replied, “See, I asked you, and you would not listen to me. So I asked my Lord, and he has listened to me. Now then, go, if you can. Leave me, and go back to the monastery.”

The next morning Benedict returned to his monastery. Three days later, while looking out his window he saw his sister’s soul fly up to heaven.

 

 

Feast day: Feb. 10

St. Scholastica, pray for us!

 

Activity: Make it rain! (in a jar)

A responsible adult must help with this activity!

Supplies:

  • Glass mason jar  (a canning jar works great)
  • Boiling hot water
  • Ceramic plate
  • ice

Adult: Heat some water in a pot to boiling temperature.

Place the jar on a heat-resistant surface.

Pour the boiling water into the jar.

Place the ceramic plate over the top of the jar and let it sit there for about a minute.

Place a bunch of ice ontop of the plate. Do not remove the plate from the top of the jar.

After a minute or so it should begin to “rain” in the glass jar. (You will see droplets of water running down the inside of the jar.)

 

Christine Henderson speaks to audiences of all ages about topics ranging from homeschooling to prayer life and everything in between. She does this through sharing stories about the saints and relating them to the topic of the presentation. To learn more, check out her website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com or email her at: PlayingwiththeSaints@gmail.com

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Follow Christine Henderson:

Wife, Mom, Homeschooling teacher, Speaker, Blogger: PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com

I am a stay at home-homeschooling mom of six kids ranging in age now from twenty-one to eleven. Currently, I am only homeschooling my two youngest-8th grade and 5th grade. Three of my children are in college and one is at the local high school doing a vocational training program in welding. It is hard for me to believe that my homeschooling journey began seventeen years ago! I also am very involved in my local Toastmaster's club. (This is an international public speaking organization.)  I love speaking to groups and sharing stories about the amazing saints of the Catholic church. In each presentation, I share an exciting story about a saint and then relate the story to a topic requested by the organizer. Topics range from prayer as a busy mom to making the most of the days God gives us. More information is on my website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com Or, you can email me at PlayingwiththeSAINTS@gmail.com

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