Saturday, February 10, 2007

Feast of St Scholastica


Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate.

One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together.

Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother, "Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life."

"Sister," he replied, "What are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell."

When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly, he began to complain.

"May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?"

"Well, she answered, "I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery."

So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life.

Three days later, Benedict was in his cell. Looking up to the sky, he saw his sister's soul leave her body in the form of a dove, and fly up to the secret places of heaven. Rejoicing in her great glory, he thanked almighty God with hymns and words of praise. He then sent his brethren to bring her body to the monastery and lay it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.

from Dialogues by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Monks and their monasteries

go into retreat as recruits dwindle. An article that I missed at the time!

The inevitable consequences of Communion in the hand

A case from Germany. Original German article

Scuffle in a Church
“In order to protect the Host, if necessary, I would give my life.”

The visitor to a Mass in Wiesbaden did not eat the consecrated Host but put it into his pocket. After a physical scuffle in Church to which the priest was called to help, the visitor went immediately to the police and accused the priest of intimidation and grievous bodily harm. The Church visitor was accused in return of disrupting a religious service and attempted bodily harm, lawyer Hartmut Ferse.

The faithful noticed the theft of the Host

This incident took place on Wednesday at a service in the Catholic Church of St Boniface. Witnesses reported that some other faithful asked the priest in attendance the City Deacon, Johannes zu Eltz to intervene to prevent the theft of the Host. The priest tried to stop the man taking the Host with him and he held him by the arm, in the way that police are trained to do.

The Priest, “In order to protect the Host, if necessary, I would give my life.”

The Host is has a high value. It is the holiest for us Catholics. We pray to God in the form of a Host. In order to protect the Host, if necessary, I would give my life.”

Bruises and a swollen joint
The priest tried to apologise after the incident for his rather “emotional” reaction, according to the Legal officer of the Limburg Diocese, the man in question who has no specific denomination did not accept it. According to his own statement, the man had bruises and a swollen joint.