Oil Dedicated to St Scholastica 5 (Patron Invoked against Storms and Rain)
St Scholastica 5 (Patron Invoked against Storms and Rain) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Scholastica is recognized in Christian tradition as the sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine monastic system. She lived during the 6th century in Italy and was also the abbess of a monastery of nuns.
Legend holds that St. Scholastica and her brother, St. Benedict, would meet once a year at a farmhouse near his monastery in Monte Cassino. On one occasion, Scholastica asked her brother to stay with her for the evening so they could continue their discussions of spiritual matters, but Benedict refused, insisting that he needed to return to his monastery. Scholastica then prayed to God for a heavy rain to prevent Benedict from leaving. A severe thunderstorm immediately broke out, effectively preventing Benedict’s return to his monastery. Benedict asked, “What have you done?”, to which she replied, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen.”
This is the story from which St. Scholastica’s patronage over storms and rain originates. It said that her prayers caused the storm that kept her brother with her, and as a result, she invoked against storms and rain.
Remember, however, that invoking saints is a practice specific to certain Christian denominations, particularly Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. In these traditions, saints not worshipped, but considered to holy people who lived lives of great virtue and faithfulness to God’s will. Believers ask saints to intercede or pray to God on their behalf. The practice is based on the belief that saints, being close to God in heaven, have a special ability to intercede with God on behalf of the living.