Today (10th February) is the Feast Day of Saint Scholastica (c.480-c.543), twin sister of Saint Benedict. Nearly everything we know about her comes from the writings of Saint Gregory, who gives an account of what was to be the last meeting between Scholastica and Benedict. Here is a summary of Gregory's account. Follow the link to read the full account in Gregory's Dialogues and for more information about St. Scholastica.
Saint Gregory tells the charming story of the last meeting of the two saints on earth. Scholastica and Benedict had spent the day in the 'mutual comfort of heavenly talk' and with nightfall approaching, Benedict prepared to leave. Scholastica, having a presentiment that it would be their last opportunity to see each other alive, asked him to spend the evening in conversation. Benedict sternly refused because he did not wish to break his own rule by spending a night away from Monte Cassino. Thereupon, Scholastica cried openly, laid her head upon the table, and prayed that God would intercede for her. As she did so, a sudden storm arose. The violent rain and hail came in such a torrential downpour that Benedict and his companions were unable to depart.
'May Almighty God forgive you, sister' said Benedict, 'for what you have done.'
'I asked a favor of you,' Scholastica replied simply, 'and you refused it. I asked it of God, and He has granted it!'
Just after his return to Monte Cassino, Benedict saw a vision of Scholastica's soul departing her body, ascending to heaven in the form of a dove. She died three days after their last meeting. He placed her body in the tomb he had prepared for himself, and arranged for his own to be placed there after his death.
Dear friends, there is nothing new about women's prayers and God's love conspiring to thwart men's rules.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.