"Loving mother, Scholastica,
with a woman's love and confidence in God,
you moved the heavens
with you tears
for the sake of love.
Teach me to live in love
and share generously
the gifts God has given to me.
Show me how to surrender
everything to God in full trust,
even my smallest hopes and desires.
Help me to grow in gentle patience.
May the trials of daily life
never take me away from the joy
of living in God's loving presence
Intercede for my loved ones.
May your prayers help them
to live in the Way of God
as did your prayers
for your brother, Benedict.
In Jesus we pray. Amen."
"...you moved the heavens with your tears for the sake of love."
In the Dialogues, Gregory tells us that Scholastica did not want the meeting with her brother to end. He, on the other hand, was ready to return to his monastery. Benedict told her that it was time to conclude their get-together. Scholastica; however, started praying. A rain storm happened and it showed God's wish for Scholastica and Benedict to stay together for just a little longer.
Now, Scholastica was not arm-wrestling with her brother. The prayer indicates that she "moved the heavens." I am picturing her enjoying the exchange with her brother. There was still more to share and say. The expression of love between them was not all finished for that particular day. What a wonderful imagery that the heavens can be moved...as if part of God's creation was enjoying the sharing of the twins as well. Or, maybe even more deeply: The heavens were able to feel and convey what Benedict could not grasp otherwise! It was love that was communicated between Scholastica and Benedict. It was not all done yet. A heavenly intervention was needed to convey to Benedict that his sister needed a little more time with him. The heavens bought her that time.
Savor your prayer times.
Savor just "for the sake of love."
Scholastica can show you how!