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by: Elza Hane

HistoryofCivilizationTheMiddlePeriod HST102

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Elza Hane
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Elza Hane on Saturday October 3, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to HST102 at California State Polytechnic University taught by GeorgiaMickey in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see /class/218112/hst102-california-state-polytechnic-university in History at California State Polytechnic University.

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Date Created: 10/03/15
Why would an author choose to celebrate this episode as a quotmiraclequot What does this story find praiseworthy in Scholastica39s actions What if anything does this story tell us about the role of women in the church of this era Medieval Sourcebook Gregory 1 St Scholastica Scholastica Twin Sister of Benedict From Gregory the Great c 540604 Dialogues Book 11 Life and Miracles of St Benedict Courtesy of the Saint Pachomius Library CHAPTER THIRTY THREE Of a Miracle Wrought by his Sister Scholastica GREGORY What man is there Peter in this world that is in greater favor with God than St Paul was who yet three times desired our Lord to be delivered from the prick of the esh and obtained not his petition Concerning which point also Imust needs tell you how there was one thing which the venerable father Benedict would have done and yet he could not For his sister called Scholastica dedicated from her infancy to our Lord used once a year to come and Visit her brother To whom the man of God went not far from the gate to a place that did belong to the Abbey there to give her entertainment And she coming thither on a time according to her custom her venerable brother with his monks went to meet her where they spent the whole day in the praises of God and spiritual talk and when it was almost night they supped together and as they were yet sitting at the table talking of devout matters and darkness came on the holy Nun his sister entreated him to stay there all night that they might spend it in discoursing of the joys of heaven But by no persuasion would he agree unto that saying that he might not by any means tarry all night out of his Abbey At that time the sky was so clear that no cloud was to be seen The Nun receiving this denial of her brother joining her hands together laid them upon the table and so bowing down her head upon them she made her prayers to almighty God and lifting her head from the table there fell suddenly such a tempest of lightning and thundering and such abundance of rain that neither venerable Benedict nor his monks that were with him could put their head out of door for the holy Nun resting her head upon her hands poured forth such a ood of tears upon the table that she drew the clear air to a watery sky so that after the end of her devotions that storm of rain followed and her prayer and the rain did so meet together that as she lifted up her head from the table the thunder so that in one and the very same instant she lifted up her head and brought down the rain The man of God seeing that he could not by reason of such thunder and lightning and great abundance of rain return back to his Abbey he began to be heavy and to complain of his sister saying quotGod forgive you what have you donequot to whom she answered quotI desired you to stay and you would not hear me I have de our good Lord and he hath vouchsafed to grant my petition wherefore if you can now depart in God s name return to your monastery and leave me here alone But the good father being not able to go forth tarried there against his will where willingly he would not stay And so by that means they watched all night and with spiritual and heavenly talk did mutually comfort one another and therefore by this we see as I said befpre that he would have had that thing which yet he could not for if we respect the venerable man s mind no question but he would have had the same fair weather to have continued as it was when he set forth but he found that a miracle did prevents desire which by the power of almighty God a woman s prayers had wrought And it is not a thing to be marveled at that a woman which of long time had not seen her brother might at that time than he could seeing according to the saying of St John quotGod is charityquot 1 John 48 and therefore of right she did more which loved more PETER I confess that I am wonderfully pleased with that which you tell me CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR How Benedict Saw the Soul of his Sister Ascend into Heavenly Glory The next day the venerable woman returned to her Nunnery and the man of God to his Abbey who three days after standing in his cell raising up his eyes to heaven beheld the soul of his sister which was departed from her body in the likeness of a dove to ascend into heaven who rejoicing much to see her great glory with hymns and lauds gave the almighty God and did impart the news of this her death to his monks whom also he sent presently to bring her corpse to his Abbey and had it buried in that grave which he had provided for himself by means wherof it fell out that as their souls were always one in God whiles they lived so their bodies continued together after their death This text is presented here as part of the Internet Medieval Source Book The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copypermitted texts related to medieval and Byzantine history Unless otherwise indicated the specific electronic form of the document is copyright Permission is granted for electronic copying distribution in print form for educational purposes and personal use If you do reduplicate the document indicate the source No permission is granted for commercial use Paul Halsall Mar 1996 halsallmurrayfordhamedu


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