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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Eight: Honoring Our Talents

Aug 9, 2022
Novena to Saint Clare | Day Eight: Honoring Our Talents
Whenever Francis struggled with the direction of his mission and vocation,
Clare provided him with insight and encouragement.

Prayer

Tender God, you have given each of us unique abilities to share with your people, the Church.
As the spouse of Christ, Clare was a shining example of one
who put her talents to good use. Through her intercession,
may we find our own gifts and emulate her as we use
them in service of the good news.
Amen.


Reflection

Being a humble as she was, Saint Clare would probably take issue with the words included below to describe her. But those who knew Clare would probably not. One person who found comfort and counsel in Clare was Saint Francis. Whenever he struggled with the direction of his mission and vocation, Clare provided him with insight and encouragement. She also provided comfort and counsel to others, including Francis’ brothers and her own sisters.

If you were to ask your friends and family what your strongest qualities and positive characteristics are, what do you think they would say? Would they be as noteworthy as those Clare received when she was canonized? And yet she lived a humble, modest life. Too often, we get caught in the belief that we are not holy enough, humble enough, or not in the correct state of life to emulate someone like Clare or the other saints.

Yet each of us has our own talents, honorable characteristics, and gifts to offer to others. The key is to uncover those things and bring them to light for the good of all.


Consider this...

  • Have you ever felt alone on your faith journey? Did you ever feel like you weren't worthy? How did you get over it? Who helped you?
  • When you've been down or discouraged, how did prayer lead you out of it? Did you have a community of friends or associates to help you?
  • What talents do you bring to your home, workplace, township, or parish? How do you use those gifts to build up the Kingdom of God?

Honoring Saint Clare

“Clare was a vessel of humility, a shrine of chastity, a flame of love, the essence of kindness, the strength of patience, the bond of peace, and the source of loving unity in her community.”
—from Clare's canonization—


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare

Comments

David
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 01:14 AM
David
Humble and kind.
Ceci
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 02:36 AM
Ceci
Prayer🙏
rwl
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 07:43 AM
rwl
I belevie you can talk to G-d any time of the day. When at work , while going to or from work . A busy day or not . Cause He is alway here for us. Remember Sainthood is a calling from G-d. Let's look at King David , King Solomon they also had busy days but they also pray / talk to G-d. So to me however pack your day might be you can always pray / talk to G-d in spite of your busy day. In fact In doing so it will draw you even closer to Him. Howeverat the end for you busy day and just before you sleep focus on Him and let the Holy Spirit guide you in pray. G-d Bless.
Mike Reininger
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 09:35 AM
Mike Reininger
It's been said that work is prayer. I'm happy for you that you have a job you enjoy.
Kathleen
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 08:13 AM
Kathleen
A woman who defied. convention to follow her Lord. Power of a hidden life of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.
John
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 08:49 AM
John
No matter how busy your day becomes, the Advocate is there with you. Let Him be your teammate throughout your day. If you ask Him, He will have your back even when you forget & temporarily think you are running solo. But when you remember, and consult with Him throughout your busy day ...... hang on ....... good things will happen ..... what a team!!!
Mike Reininger
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 09:38 AM
Mike Reininger
John, no man is an island. We all are dependent on each other to some extent. I agree, teamwork is import.
Mike Reininger
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 09:42 AM
Mike Reininger
As I contemplate Jesus, I find myself asking who was he? What was he like? But when we see how he died, all I can say is that he was a tough, tough, character. He was well disciplined. He kept his focus on his mission. He was God, after all, and knew what he had to do. He had to do his Father's will. It's been said that "the child is the father of the man." So then, who was Jesus the child?

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