Saint Clare of Assisi

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Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called “Poor Clares.” When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist. Her parents tried in every way to make her return home, but Clare would not.

Soon her sister, St. Agnes joined her, as well as other young women who wanted to be brides of Jesus, and live without any money. St. Clare and her sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept silent most of the time. Yet they were very happy, because Our Lord was close to them all the time. Once, He saved them from a great danger in answer to St. Clare’s prayer. An army of rough soldiers came to attack Assisi and they planned to raid the convent first. Although very sick, St. Clare had herself carried to the wall and right there, where the enemies could see it, she had the Blessed Sacrament placed. Then on her knees, she begged God to save the Sisters.

“O Lord, protect these Sisters whom I cannot protect now,” she prayed. A voice seemed to answer: “I will keep them always in My care.” At the same time a sudden fright struck the attackers and they fled as fast as they could. St. Clare was sick and suffered great pains for many years, but she said that no pain could trouble her. So great was her joy in serving the Lord that she once exclaimed: “They say that we are too poor, but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?” We should remember this miracle of the Blessed Sacrament when in Church. Then we will pray with great Faith to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist: “Save me, O Lord, from every evil – of soul and body.”

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  1. Oh! Holy St. claire & Holy st. Francis of Assissi, please do hear my prayer that you may give me the best way to find some financial source for my holiday next year together with my family in my nativeland Manjuyod, Phil. whom you are the adored Patron Saints,Please hear my prayer, thanks and i praise You…

  2. St.Clare of Assisi, please pray for my mother her nerves are really bad. thank you and may GOD keep blessing you and all the Saints.

  3. St. Clare of Assisi I beg you to convey to the father in heaven to help open the hearts of parents so that my girlfriend can take me whole and what it is … amen

  4. Dear St Claire of Assisi,
    Please convey me to handle my problems and burdern today.. Show me and teach me the right decission that i will do. Im begging for help please pray for me…Amen

  5. St.Claire please help me to pass the civil service exam this May 27,2012.AMEN
    Lucenahins await for the arrival of your relic on Mar.18,2012

  6. St. Clare of Assisi was a very beautiful woman that surrendered her life to serve the Lord!!! I pray to the Lord for myself and so many others for His Peace and Glory. There have been so many other Saints that have also given their lives to serve the Lord in so many ways. They most surely have been an inspiration to many catholic christians through the divine instruction of God.

  7. St. Clare, through your interecessions may we live with the closeness of God that you lived. Pray that we have widsom and prudence to do the Lord’s will.

  8. St. Clare of Assisi through your intercession may I live like you lived and may I carry out a life that is pleasing to God and to God’s Will. Amen

  9. St Claire,

    A couple of years ago my family visited your tomb in Assisi, as well as St Francis’ tomb. It was a special time of spiritual growth.

    I pray for my mother in law who will be operated on tomorrow morning as well as for my wife who also needs to have an operation later this year or early next year; that they will both recover well and that through your intercession to God, we may all as a family and with our children come again to Assisi and visit your tombs in a year or two.

  10. OH ST. CLARE OF ASSISI help me to have more faith and more strength to do my prayer every day of my life,help me this moment of my life where by every thing is getting heard for me mostly how to start a life, help me to relocate from this island and help me to find a wife that will help me to get more close to GOD all the days of my life. give my mother good health and more strength in JESUS NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

  11. Amen. Onyii, we pray for Nigeria. We are all members of the Body of Christ. I know there is much persecution in Nigeria and other countries.

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