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February 10


In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit

St Scholastica was born into a wealthy family in Nursia, Italy around 480. Both St Scholastica and her twin brother, (Saint) Benedict, entered monasteries and formed their own communities about five miles apart. They regularly visited each other as brother and sister for spiritual enrichment, meeting away from their monasteries so they didn't break any community rules.

Close to the time of St Scholastica's death, Benedict visited her. When the time came for him to return to his monastery, she asked him to stay but he refused since it would mean breaking one of his communities' rules. Immediately a storm erupted, and Benedict asked his sister what was happening, she replied, "I asked you to stay with me, but you would not listen, so I asked God and he listened". Three days later, St Scholastica died.

Today is St Scholastica's Feast Day. She is the Patron Saint of convulsive children and invoked at times of storms.

Rules can free and protect us and reduce and hurt us. Hockey needs rules or people could get hurt – some unjust rules hurt people and somehow make us less human like the slavery laws of old. Today let us work together to bring peace based on Jesus' law of love into our communities and help each other be the best people we can be.

We pray: St. Scholastica, pray for us that we will find the time to listen to Jesus' Gospel and share it with others in our words and actions.

Along with all holy people we take our faith into our world in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.