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!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ascension Sunday: Leaving the Dome

My dear “Chiara” bloggers…Happy Ascension Sunday! It’s been nearly a month since I’ve written on this blog, and I must apologize profusely. Since the time of my last post, I have graduated and moved back home. I will be at home with my family for a month before I move up to Connecticut, where I will be starting my new job.

It’s quite coincidental that I write this post on Ascension Sunday. Indeed, the Ascension was sort of a “graduation” for the apostles- Jesus’ ascending into heaven marked a transitional period in the lives of the apostles. That transition was surely not without their pains and difficulties. Indeed, they had gotten used to having constant access to their Lord and Savior, gotten used to a certain way things were done, etc. Similarly, at Notre Dame, which has been nicknamed “Catholic Disneyworld,” I had the idyllic situation of having “24 Hour Access to Jesus”- aka, there was a chapel in practically each building on campus that was open at all times, Eucharistic Adoration four days a week, beautiful masses about six times a day, and confessions three times a day. Practically nowhere else in the world outside of Rome can such a sacramentally rich place be found! Suddenly, I’ve been catapulted into an environment where there is only one church in town (which happens to be a church that resembles a spaceship), where there is Eucharistic Adoration only once a month, and I can’t be choosy as to the daily mass that I must attend.

However, the key in this situation is to follow the example of the apostles and look upon this change with a sense of joy in spite of my many fears. In the face of changes and difficulties such as these, the apostles had hope in Christ’s words that he would not leave them as orphans, but send them His Holy Spirit to guide them. Moreover, we also have Our Lady and the Saints looking after us and praying with us. At the very least, we can unite our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ, and that can be our comfort.

More posts will follow in the week to come! Christ Reigns!
- Chiara


Blogger friar minor said...

Congratulations on your graduation!

I'm a native Connecticutian (New Haven) so I can tell you that it's not so bad.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for the North Connecticut may not be so bad, but it can't compare with Virginia or most of the South.

Chiara, I say do your time and then get back to a better setting.


9:04 AM  

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