MYSTICISM: Clare Of Assisi by Bernard McGinn

August 9, 2017

From The Flowering of Mysticism The theme of finding Christ in and through Francis of Assisi was central to all later Franciscan piety and mysticism.  No more perfect example of this is to be found than in Clare of Assisi (1193–1253), Francis’s first female convert to the evangelical way of life and the founder of the “Poor Ladies of San Damiano,” the source of all the later groups of women who identify themselves as Franciscan.  As she put it in the Testament that she wrote late in life in imitation of that left by Francis: “The Son of God became our way, which our most holy father Francis, his true lover and imitator, showed and taught us by word and example.” Francis’s special love for Clare, whom [...]

POETRY: Paradox And Promise by Clare of Assisi

August 9, 2017

Look upon Him Who became contemptible for you, and— if you choose— follow His way, becoming contemptible to the world, so long as you do so for Him. More lovely than all things, He became the lowest, despised, struck, scourged countless times and raked across His perfect Body. And then, amid the sufferings of the horrid Cross, He died. For you. If you suffer with Him, you shall reign with Him. Weep with Him and you shall rejoice with Him. Die with Him upon the cross of wretchedness, and life is yours, And, yes, your dwelling forever in [...]

PRAYER: Prayer Of Deliverance by Clare of Assisi

August 7, 2017

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your precious blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present, and to come. By your most cruel death give me a lively faith, a firm hope, and perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always. [...]

SAINTS: Clare — Walking Into The Gospel’s Challenge by Greg Friedman

April 9, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Matthew 26:14-27, 66 To this day, pilgrims trace the steps of Saint Clare on the evening of Palm Sunday, 1212.  She left her home, in an upper level of the city of Assisi, Italy, next to the cathedral, and made her way down down, down, through the narrow streets, coming at last to the city gate.  There, her choice to follow the gospel, in poverty and surrender to God, was made definitive as she stepped out into the night.  Joined by Francis and his companions, Clare made her way to the chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, known as the Porziuncola.  Her hair was cut off, symbolic of her dedication to God, and she received the simple dress of a nun. In a film that I [...]

POETRY: Saint Clare by Louise Erdrich

September 2, 2016

The Call First I heard the voice throbbing across the river. I saw the white phosphorescence of his robe. As he stepped from the boat, as he walked there spread from each footfall a black ripple, from each widening ring a wave, from the waves a sea that covered the moon. So I was seized in total night and I abandoned myself in his garment like a fish in a net. The slip knots tightened on me and I rolled until the sudden cry hauled me out. Then this new element, a furnace of mirrors, in which I watch myself burn. The scales of my old body melt away like coins, for I was rich, once, and my father had already chosen my husband. Before I kept my silver rings in a box of porphyrite. I ate salt on bread. I could sew. I could mend the petals of a [...]

POETRY: The Love Of The Cross by Clare of Assisi

March 22, 2016

Look, I say, at the border of this mirror, that is, the poverty of Him Who was placed in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. O marvelous humility! O astonishing poverty! The King of angels, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, is laid in a manger! Then reflect upon, at the surface of the mirror, the holy humility, at least the blessed poverty, the untold labors and punishments that He endured for the redemption of the whole human race. Finally contemplate, in the depth of this same mirror, the ineffable charity that He chose to suffer on the tree of the Cross and to die there the most shameful kind of [...]

MYSTICISM: The Fourth Letter To Blessed Agnes Of Prague by Clare of Assisi

May 1, 2015

To her who is the half of her soul and the special shrine of her heart’s deepest love, to the illustrious Queen and Bride of the Lamb, the eternal King: to the Lady Agnes, her most dear mother, and, of all the others, her favorite daughter: Clare, an unworthy servant of Christ and a useless handmaid of His handmaids in the monastery of San Damiano of Assisi: health and a prayer that she may sing a new song with the other most holy virgins before the throne of God and of the Lamb and follow the Lamb wherever He may go. O mother and daughter, spouse of the King of all ages, if I have not written to you as often as your soul and mine as well desire and long for, do not wonder or think that the fire of love for you glows less sweetly in [...]

MYSTICISM: The Blessing Attributed To Saint Clare

November 7, 2014

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May he show his face to you and be merciful to you.  May he turn his countenance to you and give you peace. I, Clare, a handmaid of Christ, a little plant of our holy Father Francis, a sister and mother of you and the other Poor Sisters, although unworthy, ask our Lord Jesus Christ, through his mercy and through the intercession of his most holy mother, Mary, of blessed Michael the Archangel, and all the holy angels of God, and of all his men and women saints, that the Heavenly Father give you and confirm for you this most holy blessing in Heaven and on Earth.  On Earth, may he increase his grace and virtues among his servants [...]

PRAYER: Novena To Clare

August 11, 2012

(Author unknown) O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I praise your holy name and the wonders of grace you worked in your servant, Saint Clare.  Through her powerful intercession grant me the favor I beg in this novena, along with all the grace to live and die as she did in your most holy love. O Seraphic Saint Clare, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who abandoned all riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and of highest poverty, obtain from God for us the grace I ask (STATE REQUEST), and that of always submitting to the divine will and of living confidently in the providence of my Heavenly Father. O Seraphic Saint Clare who, notwithstanding living separated from the world did not forget the poor and the [...]