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Novena to Saint Clare | Day Three: Power of Community

Aug 4, 2022
Saint Clare holds the Eucharist
It is not often that you hear mention of Saint Clare without also hearing of Saint Francis
Francis was an inspiration for Clare; Clare was a constant support for Francis.

Prayer

Glorious God, your Church has always been a diverse community.
Though our situations and life journeys may not look alike, we are connected by our faith in you.
Remind us that our brothers and sisters extend beyond our own families,
our own parishes, and our own countries.
Inspire us, as you did your beloved daughter, Clare, to act in the collegial and loving spirit of Francis,
her spiritual father and brother.
Amen.


Reflection

It is not often that you hear mention of Saint Clare without also hearing of Saint Francis. The two often seem to be a package deal. That is understandable, seeing as it was Francis who captivated Clare’s wonder as a young girl with his preaching in the town square. He helped lead her to her new and desired life of prayer and the two remained companions throughout their lives. Their ministries took on different forms—Francis among the people, Clare within the walls of San Damiano—but they never lost their connection. Francis was an inspiration for Clare; Clare was a constant support for Francis.

But Clare was also joined in her ministry by others, including her mother, Ortolana, her sisters Catherine and Beatrix, and her Aunt Bianca. Women from the surrounding area also began to find their way to San Damiano, eager to join this community focused on simplicity and Christ.

Life can be hard. When we face obstacles and challenges—both in life and our faith—it helps to have others to provide support, just like Clare found within her community. Try to be that person for someone today.


Consider this...

  • Who has been a steady companion and support for you in your life? Have you expressed your gratitude for their companionship?
  • What obstacles have you faced—or currently face—in your life? How have you dealt with them? Has prayer helped you through these struggles? How so?
  • Saint Clare lived an austere life, but she had a band of loyal sisters who shared it with her. How do you think you would have fared as one of the original Poor Clares? What would be the biggest challenge for you?

In Clare’s Own Words

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.”


Light of Assisi: The Story of Saint Clare

Comments

Sr Theresa Josiah
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 12:30 AM
Sr Theresa Josiah
To choose God and giving up the world and anxieties are worth living than Gold. May St Claire and St Francis intercede for is to be Christ like to be those of his hands and feet to reach to our needy Amen. St Clare and St Francis pray for us.
Godwin Haruna
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 08:22 AM
Godwin Haruna
Amen and Amen
Peter Gallo
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 09:38 AM
Peter Gallo
Beautifully said and quite pointing it!
Jane Wilson
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 10:19 AM
Jane Wilson
Thank you Sister for that beautiful sentiment.
Cynthia Briggs
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 04:34 AM
Cynthia Briggs
St. Clare and St. Francis, pray for the conversion of our souls to Jesus and Mary on the cross. Amen 🙏
Michel Morgan
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 12:31 AM
Michel Morgan
Thank you for this lovely prayer and inspirational reflection.
Ceci
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 03:37 AM
Ceci
One of my obstacles is the pain and stiffness on my hands, sometimes being worse than others. My relief is prayer, God’s healing on both hands.
alexander eaton
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:23 AM
alexander eaton
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum
Emcee
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 09:38 AM
Emcee
I had two friends who supported unconditionally with my life struggles, in my younger years. I have tried to pay it forward. My jobs included, teaching children and adults and seventeen years of supervising people. My obstacle now(as an 85 year old) is that I don’t feel like socializing, I don’t feel like dealing with people. I enjoy solitude, praying and doing adoration in The Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Physically, I endure quite a bit of pain. It is difficult for me to walk. Mentally, I am concerned about my Catholic schooled children and grandchildren , not practicing their religion faithfully. Otherwise, I am full of gratitude to the Lord, Our Blessed Mother and a group of Saints who have and continue to help me in this journey.
jacinthe bourdeau
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 09:50 AM
jacinthe bourdeau
May Saint Clare and Saint Francis intercede for us, especially for my daughters and husband, so we may increase in faith and joy. May we be encouraged in doing God's will and take care of each other. For the intentions of our pope, Francis, for his protection and physical strength, and all our priests today, Aug. 4th, on the feast of St Jean Vianney. Amen
rwl
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 10:01 AM
rwl
Alway let G-d be your companion and support in life. In good times praise him and in difficult times pray. G-d commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves i.e treating your neighbor justly. Who is your neighbor -you may ask . I say those people in your community. Once we can plant that seed of love / caring it will grow.The life of the Saints are a true testimony of G-d love for us who believe in him. G-d Bless.
Phyllis
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 10:27 AM
Phyllis
Today's questions are so worthy of reflection and response.
Bob Smith
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:16 PM
Bob Smith
May St Clare and St Francis intercede for difficulties for our children and any vices of this world on them and for my wife
JosyMary
Thu, 08/04/2022 - 04:48 PM
JosyMary
St. Clare pray for us

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