“Clare and her sisters had hearts as big as the world.”
—St. John Paul II
In a letter marking the eight hundredth year of St. Clare’s birth, Pope St. John Paul II praised St. Clare and her sisters for their endless love of others. “There was no concern, suffering, anguish, or discouragement of others which did not find an echo in the hearts of these prayerful women,” he wrote. This was evident in the times that St. Francis went to St. Clare for counsel regarding his mission and vocation and her persistent care of the health of her sisters.
Gaze | Consider | Contemplate | Imitate
For over 27 years, Clare survived the man who had persuaded her to leave everything in order, as a poor woman, to follow the poor Christ. Throughout these twenty-seven years she preserved and defended—sometimes not without difficulty—the ideal of life which she had learnt from Francis himself. These same 27 years were also among the most dramatic in the history of the Franciscan movement.
Throughout this time, Clare was not an isolated onlooker but one of the protagonists who determined and influenced the development of this religious movement which Francis had set in motion. How can we, in this century, follow that example? —from Saint Clare: Beyond the Legend
You are a model of opening our hearts
to all those in need of love or assistance.
May we be as attuned to others as you and your sisters were.