We honor St. Scholastica today, St. Benedict’s sister — by birth and in Christ — friend, and confidante. She was the first woman to live under Benedict’s rule for religious life, and she was, as long as he lived, a trusted advisor and cherished companion.
Go to your local library or bookstore today and find a copy of The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica, written by Kathleen Norris and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. This is a book written with children in mind, but adults will find delight in the art and the text, as well.
Then give one of your siblings (or all of them) a call. Write a letter to a sibling you haven’t seen in a while. Reach out to a sibling from whom you have grown distant. Reflect on this story: Once a year Scholastica and Benedict met to talk. At one of their meetings, Scholastica sensed they would never see one another again. As it neared time for Benedict to leave, she prayed for rain. The rain came, with such force that Benedict had to spend the night. The brother and sister stayed awake all night, talking and sharing the works of God in their lives and in their communities. In the morning, Benedict left to go back to his monastery. He died three days later.
If you sensed today was the last chance you would ever have to talk to a brother or a sister, what would you say?