“She was the first flower in Francis’ garden, and she shone like a radiant star.”
On Sunday we begin the Advent season, leading us to the birth of Christ. As we walk this journey, we will be joined by Saint Clare, a holy woman with quite her own journey to Christ. It is one that begins with Clare’s decision to leave behind the comforts of her life, descend to the hills below Assisi, and join Saint Francis in living out his mission. For Clare, Christ was her focus and Saint Francis was her guide to him. Her path, though, was definitely her own.
“Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. / Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior.”—Psalm 25: 4-5
— from the book Advent with Saint Clare