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Pray Like Scholastica

At the last meeting of Benedict and Scholastica, Scholastica implored her brother to stay with her and pray into the night. But Benedict insisted that he must return to the monastery. With that, Scholastica offered fervent prayers and in response God sent a great thunderstorm which thwarted Benedict’s plans, thus extending the visit.

Scholastica, it seems, was not afraid to ask God for what she wanted. She trusted that God would hear and answer her prayer. She prayed in love and confidence. And because of that love and confidence, tradition tells us, her prayer was heard and answered.

God is always ready to hear and answer our prayers. The miraculous storm obtained by Scholastica’s prayers shows the abundance of God’s goodness. When we pray like Scholastica, with love and confidence, God will give answers to our prayers.

Nurturing God, mercifully look upon us. As you heard the prayer of St. Scholastica and caused the rain to fall, hear us now in our need. Through her merits and prayers, help us to live in fidelity to our calling and bring us to the perfection you have shown us in your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, God for ever and ever. Amen.

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