Saint Clare of Assisi

Every month, I look forward to providing a prayer or blessing of the Saints for you. The saints are priests, brothers, sisters, the apostles, and other holy men and women who helped to make the world holier through their love of Christ.

Together we must learn to trust in God’s love and protection just as the saints did. They serve as role models who gave their lives for others, just as Jesus gave His Life for us.

This month, we focus on St. Clare of Assisi.

Clare was born in Assisi, Italy in 1193. Her mother and father were very wealthy, and she lived in a beautiful Italian palace. But as she listened to a man named St. Francis of Assisi preach the Gospel in the streets of Assisi, she found a desire to give herself to God. The two became very close friends.

At the age of 18, she left her castle, her wealth, and her family behind. St. Francis accompanied her to the convent at Our Lady of the Angels. In that poor Church, she asked Francis to give her a simple nun’s habit and cut her hair. She received a rough woolen habit and exchanged her jeweled belt for a common rope with three knots on it, symbolizing poverty, chastity, and obedience.

St. Clare lived in the Convent and in 1212 started her Order of the Poor Clares, part of the Franciscan Order. Later, her sister, and mother and other noble ladies would join her in this life of prayer, silence, work, and fasting. All day long, the nuns prayed for sinners. They loved God for those who do not love Him. They did penance so that men and women will not lose their souls.

For more than 800 years — and even up to this very day — the “Poor Clares” still pray to Jesus day and night before the altar.

St. Clare died on August 11, 1253. She is the patron saint of televisions and computer screens. Join me standing together with the Saints of the holiness of God’s kingdom. Regardless of space or time, all find a home in the heavenly Jerusalem, as the multitude of nations are united under the common banner of Christ.

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