Friday, August 11, 2017

St. Clare of Assisi

Today the Church honors St. Clare of Assisi.  St. Clare left her comfortable life and in secret left her home and family to follow St. Francis.  She shed her regal clothes for the coarse habit of Francis’ followers, cut her hair and embraced a totally new identity.  Clare sought the contemplative life and knew the importance of prayer.  She praised God in her actions and sought to live the gospel message.  Clare taught her followers to pray, to be engaged in the world and to live the gospel message.  Let us follow St. Clare’s example of praying for the needs of the world.  Right now our world certainly needs prayers of healing and conversion of heart.  Let us pray for world leaders to seek peace and justice rather than weapons of destruction.

Pat Schifini, OSU

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