Clare’s importance stems from the fact that she was the recipient of a powerful charism of her own—a gift bestowed by the Spirit of the Lord and given to her in a fullness and forcefulness that was hers alone.
Pope Francis reminds us that the temptation is strong to keep quiet about our beliefs, to blend in with the people around us. Whether through temperament, culture, or fear, we can be inclined to keep religion as a private matter.
The death and resurrection of Jesus reminds us that God knows it’s never easy. The Risen Christ bore the wounds of the cross as a sign of that. Remember that he’s with us every step of the way, loving us, nudging us forward, showing us a new way to see.