A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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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, April 10, 2006

Catholic Elan: "The Fragrance of Fullness"

Oh, the lovely things you come across when you're procrastinating! I was browsing Catholic blogs, and came up with this wonderful account of a visit to a Poor Clares convent (I assume that it's in California?) on the blog Catholic Elan.

You can find the article here. It's a must read for any Poor Clare fan.

Here is a particularly memorable excerpt:

"I wonder: can we cultivate something of that grace, that fullness -of -silence rhythm in our lives? Or is that the gift of the Bridegroom for His brides alone? It seems to me that it is a gift, that it is a certain loveliness reserved for the Brides of Christ. Yet this does not make me unhappy, rather it makes me see that like the peonies, we all have different fragrances; that at the end of St. Paul’s race, at the fullness of our life with Christ, whether we are, like Ven. Anne, eleven- or like Mother Trinitas, eighty: that at this fullness, we give glory to God in the way He assigned to us. The way He made us."

PS: Mother Clare and the Bethlehem Poor Clares....if you're reading this, just wanted to let you know that I love you all!

- Chiara


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