Today’s audience is on St. Clare of Assisi. Here is the excerpt from the Vatican website today. The full text is usually not available until the following Wednesday:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our catechesis today deals with Saint Clare of Assisi, the great mystic, friend of Saint Francis and foundress of the Poor Clare Nuns. Born to a family of means, Clare chose to embrace a life of radical poverty, chastity and trust in God’s providence; received by Francis, she consecrated herself completely to Christ and, together with her companions, embraced the common life in the Church of San Damiano in Assisi. The spiritual friendship between Clare and Francis reminds us of how the great saints have found in such friendships a powerful impetus to greater love of Christ and renewed strength in the pursuit of the way of perfection. Clare’s Rule, the first written by a woman, sought to preserve and foster the Franciscan charism in the growing number of women’s communities which followed the example of Francis and her own. Her spirituality, nourished by the Eucharist, was based on the loving contemplation of Christ as the source and perfection of every virtue. Saint Clare shows us the value of consecrated virginity as an image of the Church’s love for her divine Spouse, and the decisive role played by courageous and faith-filled women to the Church’s renewal in every age.
- St. Clare of Assisi at NewAdvent.org.
- St. Clare of Assisi at Catholic Answers OCE.
- St. Clare of Assisi at SQPN.
- John Paul II, Letter on the Eighth Centenary of the Birth of St. Clare of Assisi, August 11, 1993.
- John Paul II, Message to the Poor Clares for the 750th Anniversary of the Death of St. Clare, August 9, 2003.