DAY EIGHT – AUGUST 9
“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.