Catholic Saints

St. Gianna Beretta Molla with her child

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Trusting God Alone

Turning over control to God can be challenging when our expertise and knowledge make the surrender more complicated, as was the case with Gianna Beretta Molla.

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Lent with St. Clare: Wednesday of Holy Week

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.

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Lent with St. Clare: Fifth Friday

St. Clare was known to fast often, even before she left her family home. During the canonization process, one of her sisters said that Clare would fast three days a week.

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Lent with St. Clare: Fifth Thursday

When Clare left her home to join Francis and his brothers, her family immediately sought to bring her back, even using force to try to do so. But Clare held tight to both the altar and her conviction as they tried to drag her away.

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Lent with St. Clare: Fifth Wednesday

Clare didn’t set out to be a model of faith. At the time, she was only living out what she saw as a call to serve God simply, humbly, and obediently.

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Lent with St. Clare: Fifth Tuesday

Early biographies extol the piety and generosity Clare exhibited in her youngest years. While such praise was common in telling the stories of saints, the evidence of her early behavior contrasts sharply with that of Francis.

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