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.