HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI , VIRGIN
THEME: We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become…(St Claire).
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 11 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brethrens, today in a special way, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi, Clare also spelled Clara, Italian Santa Chiara d’Assisi, (born July 16, 1194, Assisi, duchy of Spoleto [Italy]—died August 11, 1253, Assisi; canonized 1255; feast day August 11), abbess and founder of the Poor Clares (Clarissines).
*HER VOCATION AND LIFE*
Deeply influenced by St. Francis of Assisi, Clare refused to marry, as her parents wished, and fled to the Porziuncola Chapel below Assisi. On March 18, 1212, Francis received her vows, and thus began the Second Order of St. Francis. Many joined Clare, including her mother and her sister St. Agnes of Assisi, and soon the Poor Clares were housed in the church and convent of San Damiano, near Assisi. Clare became abbess there in 1216. Her great concern was to obtain a rule reflecting the spirit of Francis to replace the Benedictine rule that Cardinal Ugolino (later Pope Gregory IX) had adapted for her order. Two days before she died Pope Innocent IV approved her definitive rule.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, from the story of St. Clare’s examples and life we can clearly see how God was always with those who are faithful to Him, and how each one of us should live our lives in the manner that St. Clare had done, in being committed to God in all things we say and do. Each and every one of us should do whatever we can to glorify God by our lives and to remain faithful to Him, and to the Covenant which He had generously made with us all. May God be with us always and may He empower us to live ever more devoutly in His presence.
St Clare Pray For Us.
SOURCES AND REFERENCES.
1. Robinson, Paschal (1908). “St. Clare of Assisi.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
Today am offering my morning mass for all the people called Clare, Clara and Claire. May God bless them all. Amen
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