Mother M. Scholastica Rivata and the desert of transformation
"As a woman of relationships; a woman of profound communication with Jesus the Divine Master to spread the Gospel throughout the world and foster its growth in all hearts. Mother Scholastica speaks to us more through her life than through her words; more by her silence and her smile than by exhortations; more through her serene and penetrating gaze, habitually in adoration of the Lord, than by taking a stand. Mother Scholastica drew from the secret of superabundant joy, in the midst of many tribulations, by mirroring herself daily in the Eucharist and uniting herself to the Eucharistic offering of the Divine Master, who became Bread broken and shared for the life of the world. God continues to smile through the face of Mother Scholastica, who followed Jesus Master as his disciple. A humble and ardent woman, she bore witness to the wonder of remaining with God.
This is the secret of the beautiful smile Mother Scholastica retained over many years, while keeping her many sufferings hidden in her heart. Her joy arose from that faith by which she confidently placed herself in God’s hands. Mother Scholastica crossed the desert of transformation. From her initial choice, which caused her to exclaim: "Lord, you alone are enough", to the consummation of her offering, she recognized the lasting joy which comes from giving one’s entire life in service. Even in the most difficult trials, Mother Scholastica chose not to be sad, nor to complain or consider herself a victim. She allowed the vitality of Christian joy to fill her heart and radiate from her face. The secret of this lasting joy, the mature fruit of the Holy Spirit, lies in love offered for the lives of others through the apostolate. It is wonderful to contemplate the beauty of the life of this woman consecrated to God. It has an enduring value because it draws from the Eucharistic source of light and clothes her with simplicity and beauty. Are we still attracted by this Gospel joy today?" (Sr. M. Regina Cesarato, pddm)