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, September 24, 2007

St. Francis Countdown!!!

Just as an alarm clock abruptly jars a person out of bed, today I suddenly realized that the feast day of Holy Father Francis is only a little more than a week away. This means that I will need to start "counting down" until October 4th!!!

To kick off the St. Francis Countdown, I'm going to direct you to an excellent and entertaining account of the life of Holy Father Francis. The following excerpt is taken from the well-known "Lives of the Saints." Even though the passage has some archaic verbage, it's a very good overview of St. Francis. The passage can be found on EWTN's website here.

More Francis stuff to come!


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