Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Feast of Saint Clare

Updated from the archives to celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare on August 11th...

St. Clare of Assisi was the first woman to practice the life of entire poverty as taught by St. Francis. Placed by him at the head of a few companions in the small convent of San Damiano, she governed her community for forty-two years thus founding at the gates of Assisi the Order of Poor Clares. Their Rule included austerities hitherto unknown in monasteries of women. They went barefoot, slept on the ground, kept perpetual abstinence and made poverty the basis of their lives. St. Clare died on August 11, 1253, and was canonized two years after her death. (from catholicculture.org).
Here are some ideas to celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare on August 11th: Prayer Prayer of St. Clare
God of Mercy, You inspired Saint 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. Amen.
Books & Reading
Clare and Francis by Guido Visconti Saint Clare of Assisi: A Light for the World by Marianne Lorraine Trouve
Clare and Francis: Saints of Assisi by Helen Homan Activities
Have your children mimic St. Clare's actions of self-less living as she distributed all her possessions among the poor and lived in absolute poverty by donating food and goods to needy organizations.
Watch the movie Clare and Francis
We are blessed enough to have just had an order of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration sisters move to our area, so we will be going to mass and making a visit to them. Hopefully we will be bringing them the cookie treat idea I have written below. Food Make cross-shaped sugar cookies using a cookie cutter. Frost with brown chocolate icing to symbolize the brown veil of the Poor Clare sisters. then frost on each cookie one of the four vows of the Poor Clares: obedience, poverty, chastity, and enclosure, the fourth of which the Poor Clares add to the three ordinary vows of religion. "The earthly color of the brown Franciscan habit reminds the nun of the Scripture passage used on Ash Wednesday: "Remember thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return". It also is a remembrance for her that - without Him - she is absolutely nothing." (from The Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament)
Asparagus and Scrambled Eggs with Bacon as it is a dish commonly eaten in the area of Assisi.
Catholic Cuisine has a beautiful Saint Clare cheesecake inspired by the image of Saint Clare and the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Saint Clare, Pray for Us.

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