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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Saint Colette Children's Book

Well, this week is going to be "Show and Tell" week for me! I'm going to show and tell all of the lovely things that I got over my Spring Break!

This weekend it was my Birthday and I was visiting my boyfriend (Dan of the Holy Whapping) in Chicago, and we decided to check out Pauline Books. And lo and behold, I found a WONDERFUL book on one of my favorite- and most often neglected- Poor Clare Saints....Saint Colette!

It's a children's book and tells in very colorful language the story of a simply woman who gave her life to do God's will and was called to do extraordinary things. Indeed, St. Colette is a model for today's women who feel that they are constantly "on the go"....it seems as though as soon as St. Colette settled down somewhere she was called to go and reform or found another monastery!

Below is a prayer by Saint Colette taken from the book. You can order the book from Amazon here.

Saint Colette,
take me by the hand
I want to walk along with you.

Teach me to share what I have,
and offer a smile to everyone
throughout the day.

Teach me to forgive,
and to spread forgiveness
without counting the cost

Teach me to love,
and to look upon all people
with kindness

Teach me to pray,
and to talk to Jesus, my friend,

I am ready to walk with you, Jesus.
Lead me along the paths of the Gospel
as you did Saint Colette.


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