Mother Mary Scholastica Rivata
( a brief biographical sketch)
Sr. M. Enza Ancona
A lesson for life
The discovery of the life of Mother Scholastica is the way to reach the original charism of the Sister Disciples directed toward generating and preserving the life our Mother has incarnated by “abandoning herself in fidelity to God”. Nourished by the word of the Divine Master, Scholastica came to know how to choose the better portion. Her long and simple lifestyle was directed entirely toward “losing” herself in love, in the unconditional surrender to God’s plan for her life. God was pleased with her and blessed her with an intimate union with himself, the Lord of life and of history.
Nourished by prayer, sustained by the renewing strength of the Eucharist, Mother Scholastica “sings” the primacy of God in her life: “LORD, YOU ALONE ARE ENOUGH FOR ME”.
the school of the Divine Master she learned that silence which is
characteristic of the life of the Sister Disciple; a silence which is
not a sterile self-interest, absence of words or sounds, but the
fullness of interior life and communion with the Divine Master.
She teaches us to live the gift of our vocation in its three-fold
expression of Eucharist – Priesthood – Liturgy with an attitude of
giving, freedom and love which is typical of that of a mother, that is,
of one who generates life for others.
The Lord guided our first Mother in a journey of interior freedom, through self- abandonment. She experienced suffering, uncertainty, darkness, failure, solitude, humiliation, but all of these elements lead her to a spiritual pilgrimage of transfiguration in Christ. Through her humble and serene lifestyle, Mother Scholastica teaches us to rely upon God alone, abandoning our security, our plans, our defenses, our thoughts filled with self-importance, so that the plans and thoughts of God may find a place within us.
woman of silence, humility and prayer, Mother Scholastica communicates a
message which is important for us who are still in pilgrimage as we seek
the face of God. From her,
we learn to value silence, service carried out for love, the
importance of prayer, of discernment, of the Word of God which forms us
and becomes our rule of life: dying in order to give abundant life.
In her we see a woman who allowed herself to be grasped, saved, and loved by Christ, finding in him the very meaning of her existence. The image of the “grain of wheat which dies” is not only a beautiful metaphor, it is the reality of her life.
Her witness becomes a challenge for us in the midst of a humanity which seems to have lost a sense of meaning. To decide for Christ: this is the message we as religious can offer to today’s youth by bearing witness to the primacy of God in our lives and testifying that faith is the journey which our freedom has to undertake in order to open itself to God’s initiatives.
To the future generations of the Sister Disciples, Mother Scholastica is a witness to God’s faithfulness; and not only to them but to the people of our time.