Although there is no medieval documentation to prove it, longstanding Poor Clare tradition holds that July 16 was the date of St. Clare’s birth. What we are certain of, however, is that as she lay dying in August 1253, Clare of Assisi breathed an immortal Thank You! to the God who had given her life:
St. Clare died thanking God for the gift of life
May You be blessed O Lord, for having created me.
Human life is sacred because
Like St. Francis, Clare recognized that
whole and entire, is WILLED by God
created to serve and love God and to offer all
creation back to Him.
Contemplating the beauty of her little garden,
serving her Sisters in the monastery, offering her ceaseless round of
prayer for the needs of the Church and the world heightened St.
Clare’s awareness of that simple catechetical truth that
obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for God’s honor and
the salvation of our souls.
We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to
Seeing the hand of God in every event, the imprint of His loving providence in every suffering, the evidence of His sanctifying work in her soul and in her Sisters, the heart of St. Clare was filled with joy and praise. Always and in all things was the measure of her praising love, for this woman, totally come alive in Christ, could recognize and rejoice in that unchanging fact of faith written at the head of the book of life:
God is infinitely good and all His works are good.
And so, it was not hard to live and die thanking Him.