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Novena to Saint Clare | Day One: Outside Our Comfort Zone

Aug 2, 2022
Novena to Saint Clare of Assisi
At the young age of 18, Clare walked away from her life of nobility and all of its comforts
and joined Saint Francis in living out his mission.

Prayer

Loving God, Clare, the noble lady of Assisi,
left behind all that she knew to follow Christ as a poor lady.
Her choice is a reminder that sometimes faith requires us to step away
from the comfort of our lives so that we can minister to those in need.
Teach us to imitate Clare’s total commitment to you.
Amen.


Reflection

Is your faith strong enough that you would be willing to walk away from the comforts of your life in order to fully live out that faith? Take a moment to reflect on that question. For Saint Clare, the answer was easy. So easy, that at the young age of 18, she walked away from her life of nobility and all of its comforts, descended to the hills below Assisi, and joined Saint Francis in living out his mission.

It was not a hasty move, though. Before she made her way to the plains below Assisi, she would often take food from the family’s table and bring it to the needy on the streets of the city. These small acts of mercy provided a gateway to a lifetime of care for others. Even small acts of love convey Christ’s message for others. For Clare, Christ was her focus and Saint Francis was her guide to them.

Her path, however, was her own.


Consider this...

  • Saint Clare gave up a life of privilege for a life of poverty. Could you do something so drastic? How dependent are you on your daily comforts?
  • Life can be complicated and noisy. In what ways can you simplify your life to make room for God? How can you make space in your life for prayer?
  • Forging your own path takes patience, drive, and bravery. What small changes can you make to your faith practices today?

In Clare’s Own Words

“We are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” 


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare


Comments

AUDREY
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 01:03 AM
AUDREY
Amen amen
Ceci
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 03:16 AM
Ceci
Daily prayer, my daily conversation with God and praying my daily rosary, at this time the 54 Day Rosary Novena, on day 50. Thank you God.
Ronaldo R. Bastos
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 05:49 AM
Ronaldo R. Bastos
Small acts of mercy along our lives: a sure way of getting nearer to God's plans. Thank you for reminding us of this.
Alana
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 08:13 AM
Alana
Thank you for this novena reminder to continually put God first even in little acts to ‘forget’ oneself.
Jean Cooper
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 08:16 AM
Jean Cooper
Novena to St. Clare, step outside your comfort zone, Clare was “giving up” her life to set out as a disciple of Francis. So here’s a woman, a noble lady, whose life was completely controlled by the norms of her time and culture. She would marry someone who she didn’t love, bear child after child, have all the care of the house and the children, and no time to herself for even a moment for prayer or thought. She followed Francis for love of God and for freedom! She could learn and grow and explore her own destiny, be among like-minded people, have friendships, study and pray.
Scholarr
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 11:16 AM
Scholarr
Freedom from the toil of family life?
Janet
Sat, 08/06/2022 - 06:40 PM
Janet
I hear you. The Sprit called her and she went! It was a brave CHOICE for a woman of her time.
Judy harding
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 08:39 AM
Judy harding
I do not care for Jean Cooper’s commentary. First, It implies that having many children is a non-desirable state of life. It implies that there is no time for prayer in a busy life which is simply not true. It also implies that Claire could not have had a life with friends, study and prayer had she not made the move that she did.
Josh M
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 09:16 AM
Josh M
Any chance of having a text version of the prayer as well? Playing the audio clip in the church before daily Mass is … awkward.
Franciscan Media
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 01:23 PM
Franciscan Media
Duly noted, Josh! Text of the prayers will be included!
Louisa
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 10:09 AM
Louisa
As they say -- the devil is in the details. Jean's comment is spot on until she says ..."for freedom." I am certain that she was not implying that motherhood is a bad choice. That concern seems to motivate Judy's comments. Let's just focus on the positive - Claire's life inspires us all. That is why we are praying this novena.
Rosa
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 10:09 AM
Rosa
Good morning thanks for the novena I am deplay happy to join
C
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 11:43 AM
C
Thanking God for His love mercy and grace each and everyday. Praying for the strength and courage to pursue His will at all time.
rwl
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 12:22 PM
rwl
I believe that Saint hood is a calling by G-d. He chooses . But the Saints life keeps us from backsliding keeps us focus on G-d and His love for us. They remind us that this is how we should be living our life's. Once we are call by G-d we can not say no . Look at Jonah. Look at Saint Clare .It is not important where they -the Saints - came from i.e. there background , but their faith and love for G-d and others. G-d is alway in control of our lives . He calls a rich person He call a poor person to do His will. He allows us to be fathers , mothers, doctors , lawyers, etc. Some of us the have children and some of us not too. All for his glory. What an wonderful G-d we serve. G-d Bless you all.
David
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 12:44 PM
David
This is very meaningful for me at this time in my life, as I have been very seriously giving up all my comforts, and living a life dedicated to and for God. But how do I go about doing that? Do I sell everything I have, give to the poor and become homeless? Or, how do I go about joining a monastery?
judy
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 05:52 PM
judy
Hi David, Sounds like you need the help of a Spiritual Director to help on your journey. Hoping you will call your parish and ask to speak with a Deacon, Pastoral Associate, Religious Ed person or the priest who can help you discern your calling. I will be praying for you during this Novena. God's Blessings to you.
Bonnie Boyle Côté
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 01:33 PM
Bonnie Boyle Côté
Whether we be a "Martha" or a "Mary" matters not. What matters most is that we strive daily to do all for the love of God and our neighbor.
Janet
Sat, 08/06/2022 - 10:38 AM
Janet
I really love this comment. There are many paths to the same destination. (The story of Martha and Mary is a favorite.)
Clarissa
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 05:19 PM
Clarissa
No matter how big or small the acts of mercy we show to other people matters a lot. I am glad that I am part of this novena for it's my Feastday approaching. St Clare pray for me and for all Amen.
Joy Olry
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 06:41 PM
Joy Olry
To David - Being involved in a variety church fundraisers...I see many well to do and average wealth people use their resources to benefit the poor. And let me tell you, without their assistance, many of our poor would be without the basic necessities. So David, don't stress about selling all you have, but focus on any small things you can do to assist the poor, which our church provides many opportunities to do just that. Let the Spirit guide you. Your heart is in the right place and God hears you. God bless.
Allison
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 06:48 AM
Allison
I’ve noticed that the opportunities for help are so,large in these days. And I feel we have to,do,the rote for the church as automatic but we do have to leave ourselves open for help. The call will be there and it is these little acts that the biggest help is given. This is because we are working together through the spirit,
Sharon
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 09:22 AM
Sharon
Praise to God who must be first in our lives.
Don
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:23 PM
Don
Praise God for St Clare and St Francis

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