Holy Twins: Benedict & Scholastica
Kathleen Norris, Tomie dePaola
(Diane Pub Co, Jan. 1, 2001)
A moving tribute to two miraculous yet very human siblings, saints whose beliefs continue to inspire us 1,500 years after they lived. The twins, Benedict & Scholastica, grew up as best friends in northern Italy. When they entered adult life, Benedict traveled to Rome to study, & Scholastica went to a convent of nuns closer to home. Benedict enjoyed learning but soon found life in Rome was not for him, so he went to the country to live in solitude & to pray. His reputation as a holy man grew, & his life was filled with dramatic moments & miracles. Scholastica, who loved her life of praying, singing & helping the needy, remained a strong influence on her brother as he developed the Rule of St. Benedict, which guides the Benedictine monasteries to this day. Color illus.