Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. In the years leading up to our centennial celebration in 2022, we intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.
Week of June 16-22
Solemnity of the Trinity
Roberta Bailey, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Florida
Jesus was a story-teller par excellence. He learned his skill at his mother’s knee
Some say, “two’s company, three’s a crowd,” but today’s feast would have it otherwise. In this instance, the three symbolizes completeness and perfect symmetry. The Holy Trinity is a mystery beyond the grasp of human reasoning. The nice things about mysteries is that they can be talked about. They can be described. They have clues that our minds can grasp. But a mystery remains a mystery unless and until we grasp it in totality. When it comes to God, we simply cannot grasp the total reality of God (as they say) “on this side of the grass.” So, God gives us clues like what happened at Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. When Jesus stood before his cousin John, the Spirit hovered and the God’s voice was heard, “This is my beloved Son.”
You may have heard the expression, when referring to age, “70 is the new 50.” Well, in Scripture seven is considered to be a sacred, perfect number. However, today’s feast, the solemnity of the Trinity, tempts me to say “three is the new seven.”