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August 11th
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We celebrate on August 11th the feast of St. Clare of Assisi. It is not possible
to separate the history of St. Clare from that of St. Francis of Assisi.
To speak of Clare is also to speak of Francis.
 
Born in Assisi, Clare was 11-12 years younger than Francis. She was from a noble family and Francis, son of a merchant. When a violent uprising against feudal power happened in Assisi in 1200 - which involved Francis - Clare's parents left the town for safety and took refuge in Perugia, the city’s rival. They returned to Assisi only 5-6 years later.
 
Clare only began to know Francis around 1210, when, already converted to the evangelical life, he began to preach in Assisi. She was seduced by him and by this whole poor life to Christ.

On the evening of Palm Sunday 1212, she left the paternal home and joined Francis in the Portiuncula. She was 18 years and dedicated her life to God forever. The opposition of her family was not an obstacle. Soon other women joined Clare, including her sister Agnes, her mother Hortolana and her other sister Beatrice. 
 
The life of the "Poor Ladies" was growing faster and other monasteries were founded. Pope Innocent III granted them the "Privilege of Poverty". But after the death of Francis, the pope intervened to arrange the material life of Clare and enable them to relative safety. Clare refused with all his might. She wanted total poverty and Franciscan simplicity. 

In 1252, Pope Innocent IV visited the Sisters and accepted their rule of life and the approval arrived on August 9, 1253. Clare died on August 11th, holding the Bull in her hands in peace and joy.

 
                 
On this day, we ask St. Clare to teach us even more to contemplate the love of God,
present in many ways, and to love and serve Him in joy and minority.

We invite you
to visit the section of Blessed Mary of the Passion - Her Writings.
 
 Happy Feast!
 
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