This past Sunday was no “ordinary” Sabbath for Poor Clares around the world! We had the great joy to celebrate the Solemnity of our Holy Mother Clare with all exuberance! Our foundress, the “little plant of St. Francis” as she referred to herself, continues to lead us to the kingdom of heaven by the unfading radiance of her own exemplary life, conformed to and transformed by Christ Crucified. Fr. Rene Dhont, OFM speaks of the way in which St. Clare led and still leads her daughters: “She would take her disciple by the hand, lead her before Jesus lying on the straw at Bethlehem, blood-stained on the cross, and veiled in the Eucharist, and say to her: ‘Look into your heart and search for the answer you will give him.’” May each of our responses be animated with the courage, faith and love that filled the Lady Clare!
Above, is a picture of some of the formation Sisters with some of the colorful vigil lights they decorated for the great Feast!
“O dear one, look up to heaven, which calls us on, and take up the Cross and follow Christ Who has gone on before us: for through Him we shall enter into His glory after many and diverse tribulations. Love God from the depths of your heart and Jesus, His Son, Who was crucified for us sinners. Never let the thought of Him leave your mind…” – from the letter of St. Clare to Sister Ermentrude of Bruges