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!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fresh Eggs + Poor Clares = A Sunny Wedding Day?

It's that time of year....wedding season! With all of these tropical storms coming through every other weekend, what bride wouldn't want to ensure a way of having good weather on that special day? Now there's a way that she can, and all she needs are fresh eggs and Poor Clares!

It's been an age-old Spanish tradition for brides to bring fresh eggs to Poor Clare monasteries prior to their weddings as a gift for the nuns. Even though the nuns aren't required to do so, they usually pray to St. Clare- the patroness of good weather- that the bride have a gorgeous wedding day! And even though she isn't required to do so, St. Clare usually intercedes and good weather is said to almost always follow! More importantly, the nuns also pray that the couple have a blessed and fruitful marriage. Of course, it is also said that in order for the prayer to be answered, the bride must offer the nuns the eggs (or even a simple prayer request) with sincerity...not with the expectation of getting something back in return.

Whether or not you have balmy wedding-day weather, my prayers are with all couples who are getting married! As the Poor Clares would say, May God reward you!


Blogger wandering-woman said...

Thank you for the link; I can testify the Spanish really do count on the intercessions of the Clarisas.

I was in Assisi for the first time in April, after years of too distant interest in Clare and Francis (my confirmation saint)...It's left me eager to get to know her - and the poor Clares- better - so I'm glad to have found your blog today.

Erin (wandering-woman in spain)

8:15 AM  
Blogger Chiara said...

Erin, thank you so much for commenting on "Canticle of Chiara"! I'm also glad to have found your wonderful blog. Thank you so much for posting on the Clarisas. I hope that you're able to learn a little bit more about "Las Clarisas" on my blog!

- Chiara :-)

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Thank you for having this information. I teach AP Spanish language and this custom was referred to in an article that was to be a source for an essay. I will definitely share this info with my classes tomorrow.

4:31 PM  

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