St. Clare - Founder of the Order of Poor Ladies
July 16, 1194 - August 11, 1253
Clare's life is a riches to rags story. She left behind her life of privilege to join St. Francis of Assisi and pursue her desire to live for God. St. Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, and chivalrous. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who had kicked off their covers. She meditated daily on the Passion. St. Clare was a defender of the faith and is renowned for warding off attack, through prayer while holding the Eucharist inside an ivory ciborium. St. Clare called herself the little plant of St. Francis. She teaches us to turn from earthly possessions and to turn toward God, to live in peace, to live a life of service and to recognize the goodness which surrounds us.