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Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare of Assisi was born in a wealthy family in June 16, 1194 in Assisi, Italy. Her name was Chiara Offreduccio, given by her parents. At the age of 18, Clare heard St. Francis preaching at San Giorgio at Assisi. With the help of Francis, she rededicated her life to God and was a follower of Francis. Inspired by his way of living, Clare started her own religious community and is now the founder of the Order of Poor Ladies. These women live a life that they describe as "Contemplative nuns who live a life of prayer, community and joy". Saint John Paul II said about St. Clare,“her whole life was a Eucharist because …from her cloister she raised up a continual ‘thanksgiving’ to God in her prayer, praise, supplication, intercession, weeping, offering and sacrifice. She accepted everything from the Father in union with the infinite ‘thanks’ of the only begotten Son."

Saint Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of the television since she could not attend Mass she was known for seeing and hearing Mass from her room. Saint Clare was has been greatly known for her Miracle of the Eucharist. Here is an account of the incident from The History of Saint Clare, Virgin, written by Tomaso da Celano:

On this great feast day, we celebrate the community that Francis made with Clare and the answer of Clare to God's calling.

If you too are discerning religious life, contact a friar for more information.

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.”

-St. Clare of Assisi to Blessed Agnes of Prague

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