Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Now this wise virgin has gone to Christ. Among the choirs of virgins, she is radiant as the sun in the heavens.

 — Gospel Antiphon of Lauds on the Memorial of St. Scholastica

“Death of Saint Scholastica” (detail) by Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl, 1765. This altar painting is found at the Basilica of Kleinmariazell in Austria.

Today is the Feast of Saint Scholastica (c. 480 – 10 February 542), the sister of the great St. Benedict. Her life is a witness to the reality God’s desire to enter into a personal relationship with each one of us and to be active in our lives through His Son, Jesus Christ.

As we celebrate anew
the Memorial of the Virgin Saint Scholastica,
we pray, O Lord, that, following her example,
we may serve you with pure love and happily receive
what comes from loving you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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