St. Scholastica, pray for us!
Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedict. I’ve always felt a little sorry for her (along with St. Perpetua) because despite being a very holy woman and a most worthy example of Christian virtue that we all should emulate, they have those sort of names that very few people find appealing…I suppose her name reminds people of “scholastic” which reminds them of school.
For example, it is not uncommon for parents to name their baby girls Marie, Catherine, Ann, Lucy, Bridget, Elizabeth, Martha, Theresa, Laura, Margaret, Isabella, and even Felicity.
Some are even named after (typically) male saints: Michelle, Gabrielle, Erica, Paula, Josephine, Lauren, Nicolette, Danielle, Patricia, and Frances.
And having been a catechist in my parish’s Confirmation program, I can tell you that most girls choose Cecilia as their patroness and Confirmation name. The next popular choice is Rose. I’ve also known people who have chosen Agnes, Dymphna, and Joan.
But I have never ever met anyone either named Scholastica or who have taken this name at Confirmation.
Comment to this post if you are either named Scholastica at birth or at Confirmation or if you know someone who is.
Of course, I’m sure that St. Scholastica doesn’t mind that people are familiar with her more famous twin brother, the Father of Western Monasticism. But I think her example of love and fidelity on earth should be celebrated and devotion to her should be strengthened that we may be better followers of Christ through her prayers and intercession.
So, today let us ask for her help and praise God for giving us St. Scholastica!