A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration "For God created man for incorruption, and made him in the Image of His own Eternity." Wisdom 2:23

Saturday, March 17, 2012

On Palm Sunday Long Ago...

On Palm Sunday March 18, 1212, the 18 year old Lady Clare secretly left her home by night and made her way to the little Chapel of the Portiuncula. A daring plan was necessary if she was to leave behind a life of nobility to follow Francis and thus began a life “immersed in the poor and Crucified Christ,”(Bl. John Paul II). She set out on  her journey just as the Church was beginning the commemoration of the Passion throughout the world.  This Sunday (18th) marks the 800th Anniversary of St. Clare’s consecration to Jesus Christ. Clare had her hair shorn that Palm Sunday by her spiritual father and guide and was clothed in the tunic of the Lesser Brothers.  Her unhindered generosity never wavered as she gave herself completely to “believing in the Gospel as Francis showed her”(Bl. John Paul II) thus blazing a path of sanctity that her daughters, the Poor Clares still strive to follow today. For Saint Clare and the many Poor Ladies that have preceded us, who gave themselves unreservedly to their Spouse, we give great thanks!! Living according to the Gospel never grows old! Christ never asks something that His grace does not supply … but doesn’t His asking so often surprise us?!
“What you hold, may you always hold. What you do, may you always do and never abandon. But with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet,
 so that even your steps stir up no dust,
 go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly, on the path of prudent happiness,
 believing nothing, agreeing with nothing which would dissuade you from this resolution
 or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
so that you may offer your vows to the Most High (cf. Ps 49.14)
 in pursuit of that perfection to which the Spirit of the Lord has called you.
” ~ St. Clare of Assisi

Pope Benedict’s Address on St. Clare:


Judy Kallmeyer said...

On this Latarae Sunday, I am sure that you are rejoicing in this 800th Anniversary of St. Clare's offering of herself to the Lord. May the joy of your precious vocation, in imitation of Clare, grow with the passing of the years. May you be blessed by the Living God Whom she and Francis loved so dearly!

Marie Di Stefano said...

Dear Sisters,
I love the story of St. Clare, my daughter was born on her feast day. Thank you for your prayers and service to our Dear Lord.

Barb in NY said...

Dear Sisters,

Happy 800th Birthday (two days late!)!

I've been to Assisi four times (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983), and when I was there I visited both Our Lady of the Angels [the Portiuncula] and St. Clare's Basilica.
In the latter church I saw her beautiful blonde hair, placed in a reliquary in the Chapel of the San Damiano Crucifix. I loved Assisi-I wish that I could go back there again!

Thank you for your constant prayers for us here on 'the outside'! We love you all!

Barb in NY