St Scholastica’s emblem is the dove, in which form her twin brother, St Benedict, saw her departing soul.

Here is St Gregory’s account: ‘As he [St Benedict] stood in his room looking up toward the sky, he beheld his sister’s soul leaving her body and entering the heavenly court in the form of a dove. Overjoyed at her eternal glory, he gave thanks to God in hymns of praise. Then, after informing his brethren of her death, he sent some of them to bring her body to the abbey and bury it in the tomb he had prepared for himself. The bodies of these two were now to share a common resting place, just as in life their souls had always been one in God’.

May the purity and transparency of St Scholastica’s soul find a home in our own spirit. May she pray for us, and may God bless you.