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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Six: Our Spiritual Reflection

Aug 7, 2022
Novena to Saint Clare | Day Six: Our Spiritual Reflection
In her final letter to Saint Agnes of Prague, Clare encouraged her friend to
look deeper than the surface level of the mirror.

Prayer

Everlasting God, thank you for the model of the faithful Clare,
hidden from the world at San Damiano.
She understood that what we see on the outside
is not nearly as important as the image that we are called to project from
within our hearts and souls.
Help us to project an outward image that is in line with
Christ’s mission and Gospel message for the benefit of all.
Amen.


Reflection

How many times do we look into a mirror to check things such as our clothes and hair? Mirrors are great for checking surface-level things like that. But in her final letter to Agnes of Prague, Clare encouraged Agnes to look deeper than the surface level of the mirror. The mirror, she wrote, is a tool for understanding the spiritual life. Using the different aspects of the mirrors, such as the outside edges, Clare tells Agnes to reflect on the “poverty of Him who was placed in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.”

This type of everyday evangelization was a hallmark of Clare’s ministry to others.

Are we reflecting the type of person we would like to be on the inside as opposed to how we look? Of course, we can’t see those more spiritual things in a mirror, but the idea is a powerful one, one with which we can all relate. Take a minute to reflect on your gaze. Look deeper into your soul. Are your actions reflecting your intentions? If not, how can you change your spiritual appearance?


Consider this....

  • Physical characteristics aside, what makes you beautiful? What makes you shine? Is it a spirit of altruism? Is it a robust prayer life? How are you beautiful?
  • With age brings wisdom. And sometimes wisdom can come with certain regrets. If you could write your younger self a letter about beauty, what would you say?
  • There's too much emphasis on our outward appearance. But sometimes we are to blame. What ways do you contribute to society's obsession with physical appearance?

In Clare’s Own Words

“Gaze upon the mirror each day, O Queen and Spouse of Jesus Christ, and continually study your face within it.”


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare

Comments

Michele Wells
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 08:27 AM
Michele Wells
Well said! I pray. Will apply Saint Clare’s wisdom to my everyday life. Amen🙏🏾🙏🏾
Mike Reininger
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 10:53 AM
Mike Reininger
It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. So, when a Christian looks in the mirror in the morning, what do they see? A sinner? A saint in the making? What? Because we all get old and ugly. We all know ourselves. And God, of course, knows us better than ourselves. Who's going to try and fool him? It's been said that happy people are beautiful people. But I think beautiful people also have something a little more, such as integrity, inner peace, self-confidence, etc. Mark Twain once said (paraphrase), "One's odds of fooling others is increased if one can fool oneself first." In other words, don't underestimate man's ability to engage in self-deception. Anyways, "looks" aside, prayer seems to be the most important thing.
Jane
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 11:40 AM
Jane
As I am suffering with a horrible facial allergy, today's Novena prayer is a perfect reminder to me that no matter how my face looks, God loves me nonetheless, no matter what others may think of me when they see my face as it is now, He sees me and my heart! +JMJ+
Jayo
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 09:10 PM
Jayo
Jane, you are beautiful!
rwl
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 11:59 AM
rwl
In so doing we cause the soul to elevate and attain a new enhance state with G-d. It follows that one grows spiritually and the spirit will actually change us. So once we are consistent in our faith / observance we can grow /increase our faith . What a wonderful lesson . G-d Bless you all.
Mercy A
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 03:34 PM
Mercy A
Thank you for this beautiful encouragement.
Sr.Lourduswarna pyreddy
Mon, 08/08/2022 - 06:40 AM
Sr.Lourduswarna pyreddy
Iam praying everyday the novena prayers and pray for me i have exam on 11th August plz keep in your prayers don't forget that 🙏
MariAnn Hannon, OFS
Wed, 08/10/2022 - 10:45 PM
MariAnn Hannon, OFS
Prayers for your exam tomorrow, Sr. Lourduswarna, on St. Clare's Feast Day! Pax et Bonum! Fiat!🙏🕊📿💞✝️
Gwenete
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 03:23 AM
Gwenete
A beautiful Saint🕯

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