St. Scholastica 10th February

St. Scholastica was the sister of St. Benedict and was head of the convent below St. Benedict’s community. There is a story that one day Benedict went down to visit to see her and they spent to time in prayer and conversation. As the evening came on she asked him to stay but he said he had to get back and could not spend the night with her. She put her head down on the table and prayed and as he was about to leave there was a massive thunder storm and so he had to stay and spent the night in more prayer and discussion. Three days later she died. As St. Gregory says about this: ‘It should come as no surprise that the woman was stronger than her brother,’ which in my experience is always the case. Meanwhile my covid test result came back. It is really very efficient at Bushey Walk, and the result was negative which was a great relief. Also as the general numbers are going down I think it probably about time we thought about reopening for public Mass.

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