Most High Lord
In Chapter 6 of her Rule, St. Clare includes a moving text which
could be called St. Francis’ “Profession of Poverty:”
little Brother Francis, will to follow
This declaration of the Little Poor Man as he lay dying was the
life force underlying all of the Seraphic Mother’s efforts to uphold
the Franciscan ideal.
It is also the foundation of her contemplative experience of
Christ, the MOST HIGH LORD who, for our sake, became the lowest of men,
emptied Himself and became obedient even to death, death on a Cross.
What a paradox, this life and poverty!
God highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name above every other name so
that every tongue confess that JESUS Christ is LORD!
call Me Master and LORD,
But St. Clare’s contemplation of JESUS,
THE MOST HIGH LORD, was not merely a matter of personal fascination and
profound admiration. It led
to a concrete and very practical imitation of Him in her daily life.
It also led to a widening of her spiritual horizons, for
Lord was also the Lord of
everything in heaven, on the earth
and under the earth.
It is little wonder that St. Clare’s beholding of JESUS, THE
MOST HIGH LORD, made her entire life an unceasing act of praise, an
unending Gloria which we, too,
are invited to sing:
alone are the Holy One.
Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy