After Benedict and his twin sister Scholastica had spent the night in prayer together, St Gregory relates the following in his ‘Life’ of the saint: ‘The next day, the venerable woman returned to her Cloister and the man of God to his Monastery. When, behold, three days after, while standing in his cell, he saw the soul of his sister depart out of her body, and, in the form of a dove, ascend and enter into the celestial mansions. Who rejoicing much to see her great glory, gave thanks to God Almighty in hymns and praises, and announced her death to the brethren. Whom he forthwith sent to bring her body to the Monastery, and caused it to be buried in the same tomb that he had prepared for himself. By means of which it fell out, that as their minds were always one in God, so also their bodies were not separated in their burial’.

May St Scholastica pray for us, that we may learn something of her gift of prayer, and may God bless you this day.