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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Nine: Ripples of Faith

Aug 10, 2022
Novena to Saint Clare | Day Nine: Ripples of Faith
Much like a stone thrown into water extends ripples far and wide,
Clare’s holiness helped spread the vision of Saint Francis.

Prayer

Creator God, your handmaiden, Clare, kept her heart affixed to Jesus and his Gospel.
Help us to keep our eyes on the Lord and let the witness of our lives
bring his Gospel to others. Inspired by her example,
allow us to become vessels as Clare was in your service.
We ask all things through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Reflection

Clare's life was one devoted to service. Everything she did—leaving her family, following Francis, living a life of poverty, establishing the Poor Clares—all of that was done to serve God. Christ was the beacon of her life. We can recount the many events of her life, but we must always remember that at the heart of them was her love for the crucified Christ and how she could bring his message to others. 

Much like a stone thrown into water extends ripples far and wide, Clare’s holiness and faith helped spread the vision of Saint Francis to many—even to this day. Each woman she joined in community with, each brother of Francis that she counseled, each cardinal or pope she challenged, each was changed as a result of Clare’s living example. 

It is a good reminder to us that at the heart of all we do, we must remember to keep our focus on the greater mission of serving Christ in our lives. May we all be such devoted followers of Christ that we are able to touch even just a fraction of those Saint Clare has.


Consider this...

  • What does being of service to others mean to you? When you give of your time and talents, how does it make you feel? Was that curtailed because of the pandemic? In what other ways can you give back?
  • Saint Clare shut her door to nobody. Those who came to her for help were given attention. Could you be so giving in your day-to-day?
  • How can you be a source of comfort to those around you? In what ways can you share your light?

In Saint Clare’s Own Words

“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.”


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare

Comments

Ceci
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 01:31 AM
Ceci
By listening, attending to the poor, needy, elderly, all who may need assistance showing care, love with a smile, a helping hand and/or a kind word.
Sr. Rose Fernando, FMM
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 06:42 AM
Sr. Rose Fernando, FMM
Thank you very much for St. Clare's novena which I found very helpful.
rwl
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 07:29 AM
rwl
Just listen without judging when someone brings their troubles to you. Always let the Holy Spirit guide you in your feedback to them. Respond always with love. Be truthful . In most cases their troubles was once your . At times that's how G-d works. He allows you to experience certain thing so that you can help someone along the way. Remember only G-d is perfect . G-d Bless.
Mike Reininger
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 09:24 AM
Mike Reininger
St. Francis had his Clare, and St. Benedict had his twin sister. I find it interesting in how women are so very important to the Catholic Church. Why not, right? I really like St. Clare. I like the saints that say stuff I can identify with. I like pithy aphorisms. I like wisdom. I like St. Benedict more than St. Francis, just like I think the Benedictines are superior to the Franciscans. That's just my observation, anyways. But yet, the Franciscans are excellent preachers. Why is that? Ok, now I'm going to read about the Saint of the Day, St. Lawrence. That's my confirmation name, and then I'm going to read the Catholic News of the day. After that, I have to get on with my life. One day at a time, God willing. There's more to life than just religion, religion, religion. But yet, religion is good too.
rwl
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 09:26 AM
rwl
Most important. As scripture says -come to your neighbor's help as far as you can . But take care not to fall into the same plight. G-d Bless.
Kelsie
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 10:45 AM
Kelsie
I’ve so enjoyed this series! God bless you and God bless Clare!
Antoinette Irons
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 11:40 AM
Antoinette Irons
I am a secular Franciscan for almost 20 years. Been blessed to go to Assisi and see where St Clair was and spent her life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful Novena. Atlanta GA
Anne v
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 05:16 PM
Anne v
Thanks for this beautiful Novena. I love the simplicity, humility and wisdom of Clare. May God bless you all!
Ann Pawlik
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 05:27 PM
Ann Pawlik
I have loved opening my email and praying this novena to Saint Clare. I put LIGHT OF ASSISI on my Kindle and plan on reading it this weekend while on retreat.
Franciscan Media
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 06:39 PM
Franciscan Media
Thanks, Ann! We're also doing a novena to St. Francis in October! 🙂
Novéna k sv. Františkovi. 8.1o.2o22
Thu, 08/18/2022 - 08:38 AM
Novéna k sv. Františkovi. 8.1o.2o22
Prosím budu moc ráda, když mi zašlete novénu k sv. Františkovi. Děkuje M. Sadílková

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