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|Mother M. Scholastica dwells in the Church of Jesus Master|
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The beauty of the Church of Jesus Master, desired and guided from its inception by Blessed James Alberione, received a very special “masterpiece” on April 3, 2008. It is not a picture or a statue or a monument, but a person who allowed the Divine Artist to continue his work day after day.
The tomb encasing the mortal remains of the Servant of God, Mother M. Scholastica Rivata, positioned under of the stained glass window depicting the creation of man and woman; receives its beauty and light from the one it contains. The persons do not come to touch bronze or marble but to enter into dialogue with her, with the first Mother of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master.
March 26: Investiture
The most intense period for the transfer of the remains began on March 26 with the Investiture. The body of Mother Scholastica was prepared over the previous five months through the professional and delicate services of Professor Giovanni Arcudi and his collaborators. It was clothed in a new habit lovingly prepared by Sr. M. Clementina Dragone: the tunic in white linen, the habit of blue wool, the scapular and the blue mantle… Thus the “bride” was ready to be placed in the plexiglass urn in a suitably prepared location to receive the visit of her daughters, the Pauline Family members, relatives and friends before the transfer.
In small groups from the various communities of the Italian province, the sisters came by train, by car or by airplane to stop beside their Mother, while those residing in Rome and its surrounding areas were drawn like a magnet and went to visit her in a continuous stream. Relatives and friends were notified of this event. The response, in person and through messages, of those who were among the Pious Disciples at one time and had felt the spiritual contagion of Mother Scholastica, was truly moving.
In the meantime, as for the funeral in 1987 around the time of the IV General Chapter, the entire world was represented by the sisters participating in the second session of the VII General Chapter in the universality of languages, colors and songs.
|Renewing the cause|
Sr. M. Regina, the Superior General of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, wrote in her first circular letter of 2006: “February 10 marks the 82nd anniversary of our foundation. On this date, in obedience to the deliberation of the 7th General Chapter, we will renew the cause of beatification for Mother M. Scholastica Rivata: “the root which gives rise to the flower; the chandelier from which the light glows; the heavens in which the star shines” (Bl. Timothy Giaccardo, 1947). For this date the Postulator, Fr. Antonio Da Silva SSP, and Sr. M. Joseph Oberto have planned the work to be brought to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.