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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

St. Scholastica: The Patron Saint Against Storms

We had very violent rainstorms here in Virginia today. Since this is a low lying area, there were many flash floods all over the area. I’m just surprised that the power didn’t go out like it did last month when we had a tropical storm. When the power goes out around here, it goes out- aka, it doesn’t come back on for at least a couple of days.

When realized that one of my favorite Saints, St. Scholastica, happens to be the patroness against storms, I said a prayer asking for her intercession. The rains seemed to have let up for the time being and even more surprising, the power stayed on!

Why is Scholastica the patron saint against storms? Once a year, her twin brother St. Benedict used to visit her and they would have discussions about God all day. When St. Scholastica sensed that her death was imminent, St. Benedict came to visit her and she begged him to stay with her until the next day.

Benedict refused her request because he didn’t want to break his own Rule by spending a night outside the monastery. Scholastica asked God to let her brother remain and a severe thunderstorm broke out, preventing Benedict from returning to the abbey.

Benedict cried out, “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?” Scholastica replied, “I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.”

I have confidence that St. Scholastica’s prayers are as effective at making storms fizzle out just as her prayers had the power to create a storm! Thus, for anyone else who is in a similar situation or facing a hurricane, tropical storm, etc., try praying to St. Scholastica!


Blogger Chris Dickson, F.L.A. said...


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Blogger Brother Charles said...

Thanks for reminding me of Scholastica, Chiara. My first experience of religious life was a volunteer opportunity with the Benedictine sisters of Floyd Cty, KY. They taught me all about this intercession, as well as many other fine lessons.

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