Prayer of St. Clare
"Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of divine substance! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation."
enlighten the darkness
of my heart, and give me, Lord
a correct faith,
a certain hope,
a perfect charity,
sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.
Saint Clare is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies and wrote their Rule of Life. After her death, the order was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare (or commonly called, the Poor Clares). Her feast day is celebrated on August 11th.
As a young woman, Saint Clare's parents were determined that she marry a wealthy, young man. St. Clare, however, had other aspirations and leaving her home, sought refuge with St. Francis. Her sister soon joined her. She and her sisters lived in enclosure, and whose lives consisted of hard manual labor, prayer, and strict poverty.
One well-known story of St. Clare is when an army of plundering troops set against the Pope planned to attack Assisi, beginning with the convent first. While the troops attempted to climb the walls, St. Clare, then ill and bed-ridden, had herself carried out to the wall where she placed a monstrance containing the Blessed Host in sight of the enemy. She then prostrated herself before it, praying to God for protection for those inside the convent's walls as well as the city itself. At this, a sudden terror filled the troops and they ran away.
To help celebrate St. Clare, the kids listened to a story about St. Clare, made holy cards and painted a t-shirt. Of course they had a yummy snack as well (similar to what St. Clare would have eaten for dinner): fruit, cheese, gluten-free crackers (for the bread). And all on a beautiful morning at a fun park!
St. Clare, pray for us!