‘Love God, Serve God, Everything is in that!’ ~St Clare
St Clare is from the town of Assisi in Italy. She was born in 1194 and died in 1253.
St Clare chose a religious life at the age of 18 after being inspired by St Francis to live a life following and serving Christ.
St Clare lived at San Damiano Church. The sisters rejected wordly good and didn’t accept money or possessions. They relied on the work of their hands for everything they needed.
San Damiano was a place of silence, prayer, penance, poverty and dedication to a strict religious life.
Throughout her life St Clare continued to help the poor and hungry and care for the sick, including St Francis.
St Clare was drawn into a deeper union with Christ through prayer and contemplation. Her mission was to pray and win souls for the Lord.
St Clare was an influential woman, with many Popes respecting her opinions and visiting her in San Damiano. She eventually was able to set up her own order of nuns which allowed her and her sisters to live their lives in service to God in the simplest way possible, a life of poverty, centered on Christ. In her lifetime, St Clare also inspired many to follow Christ and live a humble and simple life of Faith in service to God. There are over 153 monasteries of her order in over 76 countries around the world.
St Clare is the patron saint of sore eyes, eye disease, embroiderers, goldsmiths, laundry and needle workers. She is also the patron saint of television and mobile phones.
We celebrate her Feast Day on August 11.
‘We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become’ ~St Clare