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We Become What We love   Leave a comment

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” ~St. Clare of Assisi

Clare - Mirror

Posted April 11, 2015 by ouidaofs in St. Clare

St. Francis of Assisi   Leave a comment

Posted August 10, 2013 by ouidaofs in Saint Francis, St. Clare

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Patron Saint of Widows & Widowers   2 comments

St-Clare-and-St-Elizabeth-Hungary-Simone-Martini St. Clare and St. Elizabeth

Artist – Simone Martini
Located – The Saint Martin Chapel, Lower Basilica
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Assisi, Perugia – Italy

Prayer to St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Dear Saint Elizabeth, you were always poor in spirit, most generous toward the poor, faithful to your husband, and fully consecrated to your Divine Bridegroom. Grant your help to widows and keep them faithful to their heavenly Lord. Teach them how to cope with their loss and to make use of their time in the service of God. Amen.

Saint Elizabeth Prayer of Widows and Widowers
Lord Jesus Christ, during your earthly life You showed compassion on those who had lost a loved one. Turn your compassionate eyes on me in my sorrow over the loss of my life’s partner. Take him/her into your heavenly kingdom as a reward for his/her earthly service. Help me to cope with my loss by relying on You even more than before.

Teach me to adapt to the new conditions of my life and to continue doing your will as I see it. Enable me to avoid withdrawing from life and make me give myself to others more readily, so that I may continue to live in your grace and to do the tasks that You have laid out for me. Amen.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

God’s Hidden Sweetness   Leave a comment

 “. . . taste the hidden sweetness
which God himself has reserved
from the beginning
for those who love Him.”
St. Clare of Assisi

This message is not simply for Clare’s sisters, her community, but for us all, men and women alike, for it was Clare who most faithfully lived out the ideals and dreams of Francis of Assisi.  Even in her lifetime, her words of wisdom were food for the Brothers Minor and also for those members of the laity who went to the monastery seeking prayer and guidance.

The preceding lines to this verse above, taken from the first letter of St Clare to Agnes are:

“Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance  . . . .” 

They are a beautiful invitation to gaze upon the Lord.

In others words, deliberately and consciously place your mind and thoughts upon eternity, see your life and existence with eternity in view, and allow everything that burdens and distresses you to be seen in God’s magnificent plan for your life.

Place your soul in the light! the Light of God!   And place your heart totally in Jesus Christ, the God man, the Word made flesh.

In your thoughts, in your prayers, look beyond the confines of this world.  It is in this contemplation, this simple gaze, that you will find the hidden sweetness.

Sweetness in the Franciscan tradition is that grace, that touch of God whereby bitterness, that situation, that state which is bitter to us, is changed into sweetness because everything is seen in the light of his love and will.

Practice for the day:  What is the bitterness in my own heart? Pray for grace to find that hidden sweetness which can heal me.

Source:  Poor Clare Colettine Community

See also:  Praying With St. Clare

Posted June 24, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Prayer, St. Clare

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