Size: 3/4 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This unique medal shows St Scholastica, the twin sister of St Benedict, holding a dove. The inscription is in Latin and translates as “St Scholastica Protector of the Cenomani”. The Cenomani were a Celtic people who lived in northern Italy. The reverse shows St Scholastica’s soul rising to heaven like a dove from the chapel where she met St Benedict for their final visit.
>St Scholastica was born in 480 with her twin brother, St Benedict. As an adult she lived in an abbey near her brother’s monastery in Monte Cassino, Italy. They visited each other once a year in a small farmhouse. During their last visit, Scholastica, sensing that her death was near, asked Benedict to stay the night with her. He refused, saying he had to return to his monastery. She prayed to God and a horrible storm arose, forcing him to remain. He said to her, “Sister! What have you done!” She replied, “I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it. They stayed up all night visiting, and she died three days later. Benedict saw her soul rise to heaven in the form of a dove and buried her in a tomb he had prepared for her himself.
The medal was cast in sterling silver from an antique medal in the Rosa Mystica Collection so it shows all the beauty and history of the original piece. It comes with a matching holy card in an organza gift bag, ready for gift-giving, and was made in the USA.