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St. Francis of Assisi (and) St. Clare of Assisi [Catholic Caucus]
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Posted on 08/11/2010 8:36:30 AM PDT by Salvation

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi - has long been one of the most popular saints in the Church and has enjoyed a widespread cult even among nonbelievers. He was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181, the son of Pietro and Pica di Bernardone. His father was a member of the new merchant class and made money in the textile trade. As a youth Francis spent money lavishly and partied well.

Serious illness brought him to see the emptiness of his life. His conversion reached a climax when he embraced a leper he met along the road. Soon thereafter he began to care for the sick and gave his money to the poor.

One day, while he was praying in the run-down church of San Damiano, he heard a voice coming from the crucifix that said, "Francis, go and repair my house, for it is nearly falling down. At first, he thought God wanted him to repair the church building. But soon he realized that God wanted him to bring to people the transforming power of the gospel.

Francis committed himself to prayer and to actively preaching the gospel. He really believed what Jesus said, "Announce the kingdom! Don't possess gold or silver or copper in your purses, no traveling bag, no sandals, no staff." He was, for a time, considered to be a religious "nut." And he had a falling-out with his father. But, eventually, others became inspired by his example.

While Francis had no idea of founding a religious order, his group of followers became known as Friars Minor-humble brothers. They dedicated themselves to prayer, humility, the preaching of the gospel, and service to the poor (since Christ was poor). This religious order-of small beginnings-is now the largest in the church.

During the last years of his relatively short life (he died at 44) he was half-blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death, he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.

He died October 3, 1226 and was canonized two years later. His feastday is October 4.

Because of his love of nature, which he believed was another manifestation of the beauty of God, St. Francis was named by Pope John Paul II as the patron of the environment.

 

 

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi - might be considered the feminine counterpart of St. Francis. They were good friends and both were determined to live the life of Gospel poverty. Clare was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1193 (about twelve years after St. Francis). While Francis was born into the new middle class, Clare was born into the upper-class. As a noblewoman, she was expected to marry well and expand the family wealth.

Under God's guidance, however, Clare made her own choices and created a new path. She took a vow of virginity, for she wanted only "God as her lover." She renounced her privileged position in the nobility, for she believed that having more than she needed denied food and basic necessities to poor people.

When she was 18 Clare heard the preaching of St. Francis and was determined to follow him. On the night of Palm Sunday in 1212, Clare ran away from her father's home to the Portiuncula, where Francis lived with his little community about a mile outside Assisi. Francis met her in the chapel. There Clare exchanged her fine clothes for a rough woolen habit. Francis cut off her long hair to symbolize her conversion. Her father and uncles stormed in rage to pursue her but to no avail.

Soon other women joined Clare in a life of great poverty, humility, community prayer, and of extending the healing power of Christ to those in need. Today these sisters are known as the Poor Clares.

Clare suffered serious illness for the last 27 years of her life, but it never prevented her from continuing to wait on tables and serve the sick.

At one point, Assisi was invaded by the Saracens. Clare had the Blessed Sacrament placed on the walls of the convent and assured her sisters that they would be protected. The Saracens fled.

Clare led her sisters for 40 years, until her death at age 60 in 1253. She had lived 27 more years than her friend and companion Francis. She was canonized a saint two years after her death. Her feastday is August 11.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; saints
Today is the Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi.
1 posted on 08/11/2010 8:36:33 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

I didn’t notice that the picture of the Holy Card was crooked in the original article or I would have tried to straighten it out.

Sigh......


2 posted on 08/11/2010 8:44:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oops, I forgot to denote Catholic Caucus on this. Will send a message.


3 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:18 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The prayer of St. Francis is my favorite. I discovered it in my mother’s Bible a year or so after her passing in 1998. She had typed it out on a 3X5 card and used it as her bookmarker.


4 posted on 08/11/2010 8:49:45 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Salvation

We lived in Assisi for 2 1/2 months in 2008. It is a beautiful village. We visited San Damiano. Of all the churches and cathedrals we visited while in Italy (which was a lot!) this little church was the most spiritual.


5 posted on 08/11/2010 8:52:11 AM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: Neoliberalnot

It’s a prayer I love too. So humble. My brother did it in caligraphy for me before he died.


6 posted on 08/11/2010 8:53:19 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
St. Francis of Assisi (and) St. Clare of Assisi [Catholic Caucus]
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7 posted on 08/11/2010 8:54:00 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: DukeBillie

**this little church was the most spiritual.**

Some how this does not surprise me at all.


8 posted on 08/11/2010 8:56:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
Saint of the Day Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Saint of the Day Ping List.

9 posted on 08/11/2010 9:01:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From today's Office of Readings:

Reading A letter of St Clare to Blessed Agnes of Prague
Consider the poverty, humility and charity of Christ
Happy the soul to whom it is given to attain this life with Christ, to cleave with all one’s heart to him whose beauty all the heavenly hosts behold forever, whose love inflames our love, the contemplation of whom is our refreshment, whose graciousness is our delight, whose gentleness fills us to overflowing, whose remembrance makes us glow with happiness, whose fragrance revives the dead, the glorious vision of whom will be the happiness of all the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem. For he is the brightness of eternal glory, the splendour of eternal light, the mirror without spot.
  Look into that mirror daily, O queen and spouse of Jesus Christ, and ever study therein your countenance, that within and without you may adorn yourself with all manner of virtues, and clothe yourself with the flowers and garments that become the daughter and chaste spouse of the most high King. In that mirror are reflected poverty, holy humility and ineffable charity, as, with the grace of God, you may perceive.
  Gaze first upon the poverty of Jesus, placed in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. What marvellous humility! What astounding poverty! The King of angels, Lord of heaven and earth, is laid in a manger. Consider next the humility, the blessed poverty, the untold labours and burdens which he endured for the redemption of the human race. Then look upon the unutterable charity with which he willed to suffer on the tree of the cross and to die thereon the most shameful kind of death. This mirror, Christ himself, fixed upon the wood of the cross, bade the passers-by consider these things: ‘All you who pass this way look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow.’ With one voice and one mind let us answer him as he cries and laments, saying in his own words: ‘I will be mindful and remember and my soul shall languish within me.’ Thus, O queen of the heavenly King, may you ever burn more ardently with the fire of this love.
  Contemplate further the indescribable joys, the wealth and unending honours of the King, and sighing after them with great longing, cry to him: ‘Draw me after you: we shall run to the fragrance of your perfumes, O heavenly bridegroom.’ I will run and faint not until you bring me into the wine cellar, until your left hand be under my head and your right hand happily embrace me and you kiss me with the kiss of your mouth.
  In such contemplation be mindful of your poor little mother and know that I have inscribed your happy memory indelibly on the tablets of my heart, holding you dearer than all others.

10 posted on 08/11/2010 9:12:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Two years ago today, some of Mother Angelica’s nuns arrived in San Antonio to found a new Monastery. They are a blessing and inspiration.

http://www.texasnuns.com


11 posted on 08/11/2010 9:17:23 AM PDT by sockmonkey (I'm prejudiced because on of the nuns is baby sockmonkey)
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To: sockmonkey

oops in my tagline..corrected now


12 posted on 08/11/2010 9:18:19 AM PDT by sockmonkey (I'm prejudiced because one of the nuns is baby sockmonkey)
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To: Salvation

My small illustrated lives of the saints book says that St. Clare is the Patronness of Television! There certainly are no coincidences with God.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 9:38:52 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

Noted here too from EWTN!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2568439/posts?page=4#4


14 posted on 08/11/2010 9:45:38 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sockmonkey

Congratulations to you and your daughter! I think I’m reading your tagline correctly!


15 posted on 08/11/2010 9:46:30 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

A wonderful movie about the two of them is “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.” It is very beautifully filmed and you will fall in love with that area in Italy. The actress who plays Clare is beautiful and does a wonderful job of portraying her moment of decision. It is moving.

Today is also the unofficial feast of St. Philomena, Powerful with God.


16 posted on 08/11/2010 10:11:14 AM PDT by Melian ("There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." ~L. Bloy)
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To: Neoliberalnot

The prayer of St. Francis is my favorite. I discovered it in my mother’s Bible a year or so after her passing in 1998. She had typed it out on a 3X5 card and used it as her bookmarker.

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How wonderful to have that reminder of your mother’s faith.


17 posted on 08/11/2010 4:57:18 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: sockmonkey

How wonderful. Blessings on your daughter’s vocation. You must be very pleased.


18 posted on 08/11/2010 4:59:17 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Salvation

St. Francis was my childhood favorite because he loved the animals. His is the only statue I have in my garden.


19 posted on 08/11/2010 5:02:04 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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Thank you for your kind words Redd. We are not Catholic but we clearly recognize a Christian heart.


20 posted on 08/12/2010 7:18:35 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Neoliberalnot

God bless you.


21 posted on 08/16/2010 2:42:28 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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