“Live and hope in the Lord, and let your service be according to reason.”
Palm Sunday marks a profound moment in Clare’s life. It is on this day that, in the middle of the night and with the help of others, she left behind the life that she had known. Earlier that day, during Palm Sunday Mass, she found herself remaining seated when it was time to receive the palm.
The bishop, noticing her sitting there, came down from the altar and placed the palm in her hand. Why she remained seated is known only to her. Perhaps she was focused on and anticipating her upcoming journey and entrance into a new life.
Gaze | Consider | Contemplate | Imitate
Clare’s choice, following the advice of Francis, was an entirely spiritual one. The moment of decision on that Palm Sunday, from which all the rest flowed, is one of maximum interest. From then on, Clare set herself as a poor woman to follow the poor Christ on the road of the Cross. Her renunciation of her wealthy clothes, her self-despoiling as her passage to the following of Christ who had nothing but the Cross, all had a powerful spiritual significance.
This profoundly spiritual choice had at the same time, however, some deeply human consequences, both personal and social. Clare left her home and with that also left the family’s projected plans in her regard. She definitively renounced the option for marriage. Above all she, the noblewoman, assumed the condition of a servant. Hers was indeed a change of heart but also a change of status. —from Saint Clare: Beyond the Legend
The feelings you must have had on that Palm Sunday
knowing what was to come.
May we have such strength of character
when we are faced with changes in our lives—big or small.