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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!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Patron Saint of TV Goes Commercial- No Pun Intended

As the patron Saint of television, it looks like St. Clare will be reaching beyond the cloister to become a regular on kitschy retailers’ shelves. Archie Mc. Phee Co., who brought us campy curios like the Pope Innocent III action figure and the Last Supper Longbox, is now peddling a plastic figurine of St. Clare at a Lady-Poverty-worthy price. Granted, this “artistic” representation isn’t entirely accurate- as a fashionable lady, Holy Mother Clare probably wouldn’t have cared for that very orange habit (here is a similar, but more artistically accurate product from the ‘50s). Despite the habit mishap, it still gives me hope that this latest knick-knack will cause some skinny-jeaned hipsters (and other Archie McPhee enthusiasts) to develop a devotion to St. Clare.


Anonymous Sue said...

I really rather like it. Where does one get one?

10:01 AM  
Blogger Brother Charles said...

I used to have the Innocent III--also a critical figure in the Franciscan movement--but I think he fell down and broke during one my moves. I dig the little remote, but our holy mother looks a little depressed.

10:25 AM  

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