St. Clare of Assisi
Virgin, Second Order
Feast day 11 August, formerly 12 August ,23 September, feast of the finding of her body 3 October, feast of her first translation, celebrated within the Poor Clares, Canonized 26 September 1255 by Pope Alexander IV
Born 16 July 1194 at Assisi, Italy
Died 11 August 1253 of natural causes
Clare’s father was a count, her mother the countess Blessed Orsolana. Her father died when the girl was very young. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, Clare confided to him her desire to live for God, and the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday in 1212, her bishop presented Clare with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. With her cousin Pacifica, Clare ran away from her mother‘s palace during the night to enter religious life. She eventually took the veil from Saint Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi, Italy.
Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; this lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare’s mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of silence and prayer.
Never forget that the way which leads to heaven is narrow; that the gate leading to life is narrow and low; that there are but few who find it and enter by it; and if there be some who go in and tread the narrow path for some time, there are but very few who persevere therein.
~ St. Clare of Assisi
- Source: St. Clare of Assisi. 2016. St. Clare of Assisi. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.efo.org.au/St-Clare-of-Assisi.htm. [Accessed 12 August 2016].
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