Thursday, August 11, 2005

St. Clare of Assisi - Prayer

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St. Clare of Assisi

God of mercy, you inspired St. Clare with the love of poverty.

By the help of her prayers may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of your glory in the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God, forever and ever.

St. Clare, please pray for us. Amen.

Feast Day - August 11

Patroness of : good weather, embroiderers, goldsmiths, eye disease, needle workers, television, gilders, laundry workers.

"Clare was frail in physical health. Since 1224 she was always ill at San Damiano. Nevertheless her strong character and youthful spirit never left her. Whenever she was able she spun wool and even on her sick bed she kept herself occupied by embroidering altar linens for the local parishes.

Twice God saved San Damiano through the intercession of St. Clare. In September 1240 hoards of Saracen mercenaries attacked the walls of the monastery on their way to the city. Clare prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and suddenly for no explainable reason the Saracens retreated. A similar situation occurred when the troops of Vitalis d’Aversa attacked Assisi in June of 1241. Again her profound devotion to the Eucharist brought her before the Blessed Sacrament and again the city was spared.

Miracles were not unknown to St. Clare even during her lifetime. Olive Jars were filled after she blessed them. A very heavy door came off its hinges and fell on top of her, but when a number of sisters in a panic rushed to lift it off, instead of finding her crushed, she was not harmed at all and said it felt no heavier than a blanket. The sick were cured when she made the sign of the cross over them. At times when she meditated, the sisters saw a rainbow aura surrounding her.

One Christmas Eve she was too ill to rise from her bed to attend Mass at the new Basilica of St. Francis. Although she was more than a mile away she saw Mass on the wall of her dormitory. So clear was the vision that the next day she could name the friars at the celebration. It was for this last miracle that she has been named patroness of television."