Novena of St. Clare-Day Nine

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DAY NINE – AUGUST 10

The Prayer of Saint Clare of Assisi

 

“Happy, indeed, is the one permitted to share in this sacred banquet so as to be joined with all the feelings of her heart to him

Whose beauty all the blessed hosts of the heavens unceasingly admire,

Whose affection moves, whose contemplation invigorates,

Whose generosity fills,  Whose sweetness replenishes,

Whose remembrance pleasantly brings light, Whose fragrance will revive the dead,  And whose glorious vision will bless All the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem,

Because the vision of him is the splendor of everlasting glory,

The radiance of everlasting light, and a mirror without tarnish.”

(Saint Clare)

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your Precious Blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present and to come.

By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always.  Amen.

 

Saint Clare in God’s Care

“I will always take care of you.” Saint Clare is often pictured holding the monstrance as the Saracens are attacking the walls of the Monastery. Here is the account taken from the “Legend of St. Clare.”

 

Once when the fury of the enemy pressed upon Assisi, a city dear to the Lord, and the army was already near its gates, the Saracens rushed upon San Damiano, entered the confines of the place and even the enclosure of the virgins. The hearts of the ladies melted with fear; their voices trembled with it, and they brought their tears to their mother. She, with an undaunted heart, ordered that she be brought, sick as she was, to the door and placed there before the enemy, while the silver pyx enclosed in ivory with the Body of the Holy of Holies was most devotedly reserved, preceded her.

 

When she had thoroughly prostrated herself to the Lord in prayer, she said to her Christ with tears [in her eyes]: “Look, my Lord, do you wish to deliver into the hands of pagans your defenseless servants whom You have nourished with Your own Love? Lord, I beg You, defend these Your servants whom I am not able to defend at this time.” Suddenly a voice from the mercy-seat of new grace, as if of a little child, resounded in her ears: “I will always defend you.” “My Lord,” she said, “please protect this city which for Your love sustains us.” And Christ said to her: “It will suffer afflictions, but will be defended by my protection.”

Then the virgin, raising her tear-filled face, comforted the weeping [sisters], saying: “My children, I guarantee, you will not suffer any harm. Just have confidence in Christ.” Without delay, the subdued boldness of the Saracens began immediately to be alarmed. They were driven away by the power of the one who was praying, departing in haste over those walls which they had scaled.

Today we may not be attacked by Saracens but to each of us there comes times of great troubles. Gang shootings, drugs, sickness, people who are angry with us, unemployment, loss of loved ones. In all these, let us remember that Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament will always defend us if we, like Saint Clare “just have confidence in Christ.”

Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O seraphic Saint Clare, first woman to become a disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, you left riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and extreme poverty, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek (mention your intention); and may we always humbly accept whatever He wills for us, completely confiding in the loving providence of our Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, who, although living apart from the world, did not forget the poor and afflicted, but showed a motherly solicitude for them by sacrificing your own wealth and working many miracles in their behalf, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we also, as becomes true followers of Christ, charitably help our brothers and sisters in all their necessities, whether of soul or body.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, shining light of Italy, which you did prevent from being overrun and devastated by barbarians, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we with His help overcome the snares of a world having neither faith nor morals, maintaining in our homes true Christian peace, together with a salutary fear of God and a true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

The Blessing of Saint Clare of Assisi

May Almighty God bless You!
May He look with kindness upon you with the eyes of his mercy,
and give you his peace –
May he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven –
may He place you among his saints.

 

 

Novena Kindness of our Poor Clare Sisters from Spokane, Washington

Novena of Saint Clare- Day 8th

DAY EIGHT – AUGUST 9

 

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“Place your mind in the mirror of eternity;

Place your soul in the splendor of glory;

Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance;

And, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Divine One himself,

So that you, yourself, may also experience what his friends experience when they taste the hidden sweetness that God alone has kept from the beginning

For those who love him.” (Saint Clare)

The Prayer of Saint Clare of Assisi

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your Precious Blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present and to come.

By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always.  Amen

 

Saint Clare and Firmness of Purpose

One thing you will find out about Saint Clare as you read and pray over her life and that is her firmness of purpose. When Clare made up her mind to do something, she stuck to it. At eighteen she decided to follow Saint Francis – the costs were enormous, the risks were great, but she had made up her mind and she went for it.

Saint Clare was the first woman to write a rule for woman. How did she do it? Well, actually she did it by refusing to accept the ones the Popes wrote for her! Not such an easy matter in itself, but she knew what she wanted for herself and her sisters and so she did not back down. She wanted to live a life of poverty, the same life that was given to Saint Francis. Unheard of for women the Popes insisted, women needed protection, they needed security, they needed … . It took Clare her whole life – but on her deathbed, Pope Innocent the IV approved the rule she wanted and it was placed in her hands where she kissed it many times.

Saint Clare, we ask you to fill us with this same conviction of purpose to follow the dreams and visions that have been given to us. Help us to abide in the present – but never to lose sight of the goals we are striving for. Help us also, to encourage others, our family, our friends and all our loved ones to wait, and pray and trust … because as it says in Sirach, “Has it ever been known, that anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed?”

 

 

Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O seraphic Saint Clare, first woman to become a disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, you left riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and extreme poverty, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek (mention your intention); and may we always humbly accept whatever He wills for us, completely confiding in the loving providence of our Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, who, although living apart from the world, did not forget the poor and afflicted, but showed a motherly solicitude for them by sacrificing your own wealth and working many miracles in their behalf, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we also, as becomes true followers of Christ, charitably help our brothers and sisters in all their necessities, whether of soul or body.

 

O Seraphic Saint Clare, shining light of Italy, which you did prevent from being overrun and devastated by barbarians, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we with His help overcome the snares of a world having neither faith nor morals, maintaining in our homes true Christian peace, together with a salutary fear of God and a true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.   Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

 

The Blessing of Saint Clare of Assisi

May Almighty God bless You!
May He look with kindness upon you with the eyes of his mercy,
and give you his peace –
May he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven –
may He place you among his saints.

Novena to St. Clare of Assisi-7th Day

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DAY SEVEN – AUGUST 8

The Prayer of Saint Clare of Assisi

“What you hold, may you continue to hold, what you do, may you keep doing and not stop,  but with swift pace, nible step, and feet that do not stumble so that even your walking does not raise any dust, may you go forward tranquilly, joyfully, briskly, and cautiously along the path of happiness,  trusting in no one and agreeing with no one insofar as he might want to dissuade you from pursuing your founding purpose or might place a stumbling block in your way, preventing you, in that perfection with which the Spirit of the Lord has called you, from fulfilling your vows to the Most High.” (Saint Clare)

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your Precious Blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present and to come.

By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always.  Amen.

Saint Clare and Quiet Prayer

[“Art. 57] In every moment of our lives priority ought to be given to that dialogue of love in which God takes the imitative, accommodating himself to our littleness and making it possible for us to know Him.”

Prayer must be a dialogue. A sharing. Our thoughts – God’s thoughts. God is of course speaking to us all the time. Sometimes in the quiet breeze and sometimes in the raging storm. Oftentimes we have fixed conceptions of how God should speak and act in our lives. What He should do and what He should not do. We have these same conceptions for ourselves and ourselves. But in our prayer, our dialogue with God we need to be open for God is full of surprises. Our relationship with God grows and develop as we allow God freedom to speak and move in our lives.

Like little children we must totally trust God to take care of us. With this confidence we can fully enjoy every minute that is gifted to us. Even in the raging storm, with Jesus seemingly asleep in the boat we can rest assured nothing is going to happen that He is not aware of.

In one part of scripture is a favorite quote of mine, “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.” With that same kind of trust, Saint Clare moved boldly in her life. We too must hold onto that faith to meet each day with courage and even joy.

Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O seraphic Saint Clare, first woman to become a disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, you left riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and extreme poverty, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek (mention your intention); and may we always humbly accept whatever He wills for us, completely confiding in the loving providence of our Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, who, although living apart from the world, did not forget the poor and afflicted, but showed a motherly solicitude for them by sacrificing your own wealth and working many miracles in their behalf, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we also, as becomes true followers of Christ, charitably help our brothers and sisters in all their necessities, whether of soul or body.

 

O Seraphic Saint Clare, shining light of Italy, which you did prevent from being overrun and devastated by barbarians, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we with His help overcome the snares of a world having neither faith nor morals, maintaining in our homes true Christian peace, together with a salutary fear of God and a true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

The Blessing of Saint Clare of Assisi

May Almighty God bless You!
May He look with kindness upon you with the eyes of his mercy,
and give you his peace –
May he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven –
may He place you among his saints.

 

Festival of Saint Clare- August 7

  1. CLARE FESTIVAL

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Please join us to the Festival of Saint Clare

Saturday, August 6 from11:00am to 6:30pm and

Sunday 7 from Noon to 4:00pm

at the Monastery: 3325 Pecos Street

Denver, Colorado

During the Festival will take place the Drawing

RAFFLE FOR        ONE-WEEK DREAM VACATION

 

IN PLAYA DE CARMEN, MEXICO PLUS $1,000 CASH

VALUE $6,000 

TICKETS $100 EACH

 

 

Novena to Saint Clare- Day Six

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DAY SIX – AUGUST 7

The Prayer of Saint Clare of Assisi

“ What a great laudable exchange: to leave the things of time for those of eternity,

to choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth, to receive the hundred-fold in place of one,

and to possess a blessed and eternal life.

Because of this I have resolved, as best I can, to beg Your excellency and Your holiness by my humble prayers in the mercy of Christ, to be strengthened in His holy service, and to progress from good to better, from virtue to virtue, so that He Whom You serve with the total desire of Your soul may bestow on You the reward for which You long.” ( Saint Clare)

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your Precious Blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present and to come.

By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always.  Amen.

Saint Clare – a Life of Praise

“The contemplative experience of Francis and Clare sprang from the incredible discovery of God’s love, …” (this is the beginning sentence of Art 4.1 in the Order of Nuns of St. Clare) but just taking even part of this sentence gives us such a clear look at Franciscan contemplation and prayer. Not a life of prayer for prayer’s sake, but a prayer like the Blessed Mother’s Magnificat that overflows from becoming aware of how good God is.

So that an ordinary walk in the garden becomes an ecstasy of delight as each little blossom shouts out how wonderful God is. A pause at the window fills one with joy as white puffy clouds sail along like ships across the sky. Did Francis and Clare lead a somber life of poverty? Poverty from what? Gold and silver and fancy clothes, yes….but surely not poverty from the glory God constantly surrounded them with. Saint Clare used to counsel her sisters as they were to leave on a begging trip – to fill their hearts with praise at the beauty of a single flower.

We need to do this too, to let our contemplation become one of awe-filled praise and worship. To focus not on our lacks or even our needs but rather instead to look about us and see with new eyes the great beauty that God sets before us.

Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O seraphic Saint Clare, first woman to become a disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, you left riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and extreme poverty, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek (mention your intention); and may we always humbly accept whatever He wills for us, completely confiding in the loving providence of our Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, who, although living apart from the world, did not forget the poor and afflicted, but showed a motherly solicitude for them by sacrificing your own wealth and working many miracles in their behalf, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we also, as becomes true followers of Christ, charitably help our brothers and sisters in all their necessities, whether of soul or body.

and devastated by barbarians, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we with His help overcome the snares of a world having neither faith nor morals, maintaining in our homes true Christian peace, together with a salutary fear of God and a true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

The Blessing of Saint Clare of Assisi

May Almighty God bless You!
May He look with kindness upon you with the eyes of his mercy,
and give you his peace –
May he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven –
may He place you among his saints.

 

Novena of St. Clare- Day Five

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DAY FIVE – AUGUST 6

The Prayer of Saint Clare of Assisi

 

“If so great and good a Lord, then, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, chose to appear despised, needy, and poor in this world, so that people who were in utter poverty and want and in absolute need of heavenly nourishment might become rich in Him by possessing the kingdom of heaven, then rejoice and be glad! Be filled with a remarkable happiness and a spiritual joy!” ( Saint Clare)

I pray you, O most gentle Jesus, having redeemed me by baptism from original sin, so now by your Precious Blood, which is offered and received throughout the world, deliver me from all evils, past, present and to come.

By your most cruel death give me lively faith, a firm hope perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength. Make me firm and steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service so that I may be able to please you always.  Amen

 

Saint Clare Finding God’s Reflection in Others

One of the most delightful traits of Saint Clare was her simple openness to God and trust in his complete guidance. When she was faced with a situation or problem that she did not know how to handle she responded in two ways. The first way was prayer the second was to humbly ask others for help and guidance. In asking she did not just go to the so called “councilors” alone, instead she would most often present her needs before the whole community. In her writings she counsels her sisters to always pay attention to the least among them, for God often reveals to little ones that which is hidden from the wise.

We need to take this to heart in our own lives. To be open to the fact that God is speaking through all his children, the young, the old, the rich, the poor. Those who have degrees from colleges and universities and those who have degrees from hardship and suffering. If we have any prejudices or blocks towards someone we must try very hard to move past them, because we may be cutting off the answer or help from them that God has given to them for us.

During this fifth day of our Novena to Saint Clare let us ask her for help in becoming humble and accepting of others. Let us be open to God guiding and directing us through others – the very person we are having trouble with may be our angel of mercy in disguise!

 

Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O seraphic Saint Clare, first woman to become a disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, you left riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and extreme poverty, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek (mention your intention); and may we always humbly accept whatever He wills for us, completely confiding in the loving providence of our Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, who, although living apart from the world, did not forget the poor and afflicted, but showed a motherly solicitude for them by sacrificing your own wealth and working many miracles in their behalf, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we also, as becomes true followers of Christ, charitably help our brothers and sisters in all their necessities, whether of soul or body.

 

O Seraphic Saint Clare, shining light of Italy, which you did prevent from being overrun and devastated by barbarians, obtain for us from God, we implore you, the favor we seek, (mention your intention); and may we with His help overcome the snares of a world having neither faith nor morals, maintaining in our homes true Christian peace, together with a salutary fear of God and a true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

 

The Blessing of Saint Clare of Assisi

May Almighty God bless You!
May He look with kindness upon you with the eyes of his mercy,
and give you his peace –
May he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven –
may He place you among his saints.