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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Four: Finding Our Path

Aug 5, 2022
Saint Clare holding the Eucharist
Clare’s way of living the Gospel was not Saint Francis’ way, yet she left a profound mark
on the life of the Church through her own form of ministry.

Prayer

Gracious God, each of us has our own ways of spreading the message of Christ.
Our sister, Clare, whose name means light, devoted herself to prayer for the
sick and infirmed who came daily to her door.
Help us to remember that each act of love for the sake of others,
no matter how big or how small, helps to bring about the kingdom of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Amen.


Reflection

For some, the life of Saint Clare may seem rather unappealing, spending her days inside the modest dwelling of Sam Damiano with her sisters in silence, going about the daily tasks of praying, cleaning, gardening, and other chores. It was the perfect vision of Clare’s quest for simplicity, of stripping away anything that could come between her and Christ.

In this day and age of what seems like constant noise and distractions, though, this way of life probably seems completely unachievable and undesirable. But to Clare, this way of life made perfect sense. It was the manifestation of her ideal life, stripping away all things that could detract from fully focusing on Christ.

Clare’s way of living the Gospel was not Saint Francis’ way, yet she left a profound mark on the life of the Church through her own form of ministry. We may not all be called to go out among the people. For some, their impact may be more interior—praying for others in need, caring for those who are quietly suffering, quietly serving the Church. Regardless, they are helping to serve Christ.


Consider this...

  • If you were called to ministry, what would it look like? Would you be more like Clare or Francis? How would you, in your own way, share the good news?
  • Given your personality, what are some ministries that would be a good fit for you? What skills would you bring to the table?
  • Do you think that because Clare's ministry was not as visible as Francis' that she is often overlooked? How did Clare change the Church and the world in her way?

In Clare’s Own Words

“Live and hope in the Lord, and let your service be according to reason.”


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare

Comments

Dolores
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 12:29 AM
Dolores
Loved St. Clare’s way of serving the Lord.
Ceci
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 03:04 AM
Ceci
Daily prayer, listening to others with kindness and an open heart is my way of being, my personality.
Victor V
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 09:51 AM
Victor V
I make 500 to 600 rosaries a year for various missions and ministries. I named my second daughter Claire.
rwl
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 09:53 AM
rwl
The Saints were all excellent leaders. They were all servants to the people. Status does not matter in serving G-d. He shapes you He is with you , He places you in situations that you never new you can handle but He is with you always. G-d Bless.
Ronaldo Bastos
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 10:01 AM
Ronaldo Bastos
Today I was made aware of a small act of love my father did a long time ago to a person he didn't know, but which changed the life of this person. Simple acts, like the one I got to know today, are what I think St. Clare sought in her ministry. May we all seek to follow the blessed, yet simple, path of St. Clare!
Carol
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 10:26 AM
Carol
My daily devotions include watching the Mass on EWTN.
Dianne
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 10:27 AM
Dianne
My personal ministry is to pray for those carrying burdens and to pray for those who have no one to pray for them. I offer my prayers to our Blessed Mother in her Son's name to use them as she sees the need. St. Clare, pray for us while we care for those who need our care.
Mike Reininger
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 11:27 AM
Mike Reininger
I like St. Clare's quote: "We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become."
Ginny
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 03:09 PM
Ginny
St.Clare: Please pray for healing from dizziness, anxiety and depression. Jesus, help me accept the trials life brings and the will to overcome them. Thank you for all the blessings you have given me.
Chris
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 06:33 PM
Chris
Ginny, I was touched by your prayer request because I have also suffered from anxiety and depression. I'm sure St. Clare is praying for you and I will, too. Blessings!
Sandro Francisco Piedrahita
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 03:46 PM
Sandro Francisco Piedrahita
My way of saying thanks to the Lord is to use my meager writing talents to tell the lives of the saints in short stories which explore their lives in novel ways. i hope my work is pleasing to the Lord. Since he has given me this talent, I should use it for His glorification and praise.
Porfirio Calderon
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 06:10 PM
Porfirio Calderon
When I became a Franciscan that's when I founded out about St. Clare!

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