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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!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Dear friends of the blog: as a member of the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, the next several weeks will be crazy for me, as Easter Week is coming up. Thus, you will not be seeing many posts from me. Just wanted to give you all a heads-up.

A few weeks ago, Matt of the Holy Whapping , who happens to be an artist extraordinaire, drew this lovely picture for me. It expresses the fact that although I am no longer called to be a Barhamsville Poor Clare Colletine , I am still very much devoted to them and always will be. The girl in the foreground is supposed to be me, although Matt, being a typical forgiving artist, drew me as being much thinner than I am in reality. The nun with the glasses is Mother Clare, the Abbess of the Bethlehem Poor Clare Monastery in Barhamsville, Virginia. And, the nun with the monstrance is our very own St. Clare!

Thank you, Matt!

Everybody, have a wonderful, blessed Easter!

- Chiara


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