Franciscan Saints

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Lent with St. Clare: Fourth Monday

There are few writings on Clare, compared to the volumes on Francis, and Clare herself left only a handful of writings. Of what remains we have four letters to Agnes of Prague, a Rule and a Blessing that are authentically Clare’s voice.

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Lent with St. Clare: Third Friday

“I admonish and exhort all my sisters, both those present and those to come, to strive always to imitate the way of holy simplicity, humility, and poverty.” —The Testament of St. Clare For many of us, simplicity is something that …

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Lent with St. Clare: Third Thursday

“O most noble Queen, gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him, as you desire to imitate Him.” —Second letter to Agnes of Prague

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Lent with St. Clare: Third Wednesday

Love was at the heart of everything St. Clare did. Her love for Christ was her purpose. Her love for St. Francis was her compass.

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Lent with St. Clare: Third Monday

At this point in our Lenten journey, we may be growing weary of the promises we made at the beginning of the season. In those moments, we must remember St. Clare’s determination.

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Lent with St. Clare: Third Sunday

All too often, we see God as a distant figure. When we do that, though, we fail to see the many ways that God is working in our lives. Perhaps God is present in a friend or family member who is helping or consoling us.

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