Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Clare

August 11th, 2014
""I believe that nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For Him I have accepted the loss of everything."" Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 3 : 8

To-day the Church celebrates the feast of St. Clare,  founder of the Poor Clare Order.  The words quoted above are taken from the First Reading chosen for to-days feast.  Like their author,  St. Paul,  Clare came to know Christ intimately and found deep joy and fulfilment in following Him.   Like her close friend,  Francis of Assisi,  Clare has to renounce her rich and noble family in order to dedicate her life to Christ.  But she soon found a new family in the many young women who came to share her life of poverty and prayer.  While Francis travelled over Italy and beyond preaching the Gospel,  Clare chose to live a life of silence and prayer in her home town of Assisi.

Though enclosed in her Convent,  Clare’s light shed its rays throughout the world so that to-day,  eight hundred years later,  the Poor Clare’s are one of the greatest contemplative orders in the Church.  As we celebrate the feast of St. Clare to-day,  let us also remember those countless women and men who like Clare and Francis fell in love with Christ and found their joy in following Him.  May their example teach us simplicity in this consumer society and help us to trust in God’s loving providence.

Prayer Lord we ask your blessing to-day on all those who have the contemplative life in community or as hermits. May their prayer rise like incense before you and bring down many blessings on the whole Church. Amen