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, December 18, 2006

Holy Face Chaplets at Poor Clare Gift Shop!

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the Poor Clare nuns on the Feast of St. Francis. We spoke about prayer during our conversation, and she told me about her strong devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Sister pulled out a beautiful medal of the Holy Face and told me that whenever she feels her thoughts beginning to wander, she reaches into her pocket to touch the medal and prays, "Show us your face, O Lord!" She said the phrase both in English and in Hebrew, since this dear little nun taught herself Hebrew so that she could pray in the language of Christ's people!

After I dropped off food with the Poor Clares yesterday, I went into their gift shop and discovered an entire table full of "Holy Face Chaplets"- they look like rosaries, except they have five groups of six beads and a Holy Face medal on the end. All of the chaplets were made of beautiful polished wood, but what renders them most beautiful was the fact that they were lovingly hand-made by the nuns! In addition to the chaplets, the nuns had Holy Face prayer cards and informational cards on the table. One of the cards had a photograph of St. Therese holding up a beautiful painting of the Holy Face, to whom she was very devoted.

I happily bought one of these beautiful chaplets and had it blessed by my pastor, but realized after the fact that I didn't know how to pray the Holy Face chaplet! Many instructions that I found on the internet weren't very straightforward, but here is a straightforward link. FYI- The Holy Face Chaplet is also known as the Chaplet of the Five Wounds.

If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Barhamsville Poor Clares, be sure to stop off in their giftshop and buy one of these beautiful chaplets or one of the other lovely items in their gift shop!


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