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Saint Clare
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Saint Clare was born in Assisi about the year 1193. At the age of 18 she heard a sermon by Francis of Assisi and committed herself to a life of poverty. On Passion Sunday 1212, she secretly left home and went to the place where Francis lived with his community. Before the altar in the little church, she received the habit from him and went to live in a nearby Benedictine convent.

Clare was joined by her younger sister Agnes and others, and the small community moved to San Damiano, near Assisi. Soon after, Clare’s mother and sister Beatrice also joined them. In 1215, Clare was made abbess of the Poor Clares. The women modelled their life on the ideals of St Francis. They did without shoes, slept on the ground and never ate meat. Before long, other houses were founded in several countries. Francis taught that all his friars’ needs should be met solely from daily contributions. It was Clare’s great desire that her community also practice radical poverty.

For 40 years Clare was abbess and never wavered from caring for her community or from assisting Francis. She received papal approval for her own Rule the day before she died — the first rule for religious life written by a woman for women. She was credited with many miracles and canonized just two years after her death.

Sunday Gospel reflection with Father William Grimm
18 September 2020

Just as the parables of Jesus show the love of God in stories about lost coins, vineyards and generous landowners, the followers of Jesus must make the events of everyday life point to God\'s loving presence among us.

Today's Mass
Mass on Demand – Tuesday 11 August 2020
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