February 10, 2011
+ St. Scholastica, V.
Song of Songs 8: 6-7
Luke 10: 38-42
By celebrating the Feast of Saint Scholastica, the Church is recalling not only this remarkable Benedictine Abbess and the Sister of St. Benedict, but also the incomparable contribution of Monastic Life to the life and vigor of the Church.
Our culture of today continues to be marked by endless noise and banal distractions of every conceivable kind. Many of our contemporaries and, perhaps even some of us, have grown accustomed to this situation and are no longer inclined to silence. Some even eek out that which will satisfy them externally because they are “afraid” of recollection and reflection.
The life and example of St. Scholastica call us back to such a life: silence, reflection, Lectio Divina and an ordered daily life.
The Gospel passage from Saint Luke is the familiar account of Martha and Mary. Christ chides Martha, not because she was fulfilling the traditional duties of the hostess, but because Martha seems to have forgotten or been dismissive of the importance of silence and listening.
No one would deny the frantic, frenetic pace of today’s world and the attendant, vexing problems which arise from it.
The life and example of Saint Scholastica renew the invitation for each of us to be quiet, to be still and listen attentively to Christ as He speaks to us through His Sacred Word in the Scriptures. Again and again, He says, “Be still and know that I am God.”