On April 16, 2011, the vigil of Palm Sunday, the Franciscan family
began its commemoration of another significant anniversary -- the 8th
Centenary of the Founding of the Order of Poor Clares.
The Clarian Jubilee Year will reach its climax on
Immersion in this Clarian anniversary leads us to ponder those early days at the monastery of San Damiano. We know that our Holy Mother Clare and her first Sisters lived enclosed. They prayed the Divine Office by day and by . They adored Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. They did simple manual labor. And they PRAYED - for the Church, for their city, their country, for everyone in the world. It is a past we are privileged and proud to “claim” as our own, a charism we cherish as our form of life today.
The noble and lofty tree
which is our Mother St. Clare’s religious family has
continued to grow over the centuries, spreading throughout the world.
In 1986, a shoot from that great tree was planted in
community’s silver jubilee festivities came to a climax on Monday, June
6, as our Bishop, Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton,
concelebrated a festive
was a joyful occasion, a
celebration of faith
in the cloistered contemplative life and an ecclesial
connection between prayer and
the spreading of
June 1986, on our first visit to the property where the permanent
monastery would be built, our guide pointed to a little oak tree. “It
can be your foundation tree,” he suggested, “putting down roots just
as your community will be doing in the coming years.”
In June 2011, our “foundation tree” stands straight and tall,
its roots firmly established in the fertile
Devotedly, in our Seraphic Mother St. Clare,
A Plenary Indulgence may be obtained. . . .
the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the religious
consecration of St. Clare of Assisi, from which sprang the Second
Franciscan Order (known after her death as the Order of Poor Clares), the
Holy Father, by reason of his loving solicitude for the Universal Church and his
special affection for the Poor Clare Nuns, has granted a plenary
indulgence may be gained once a day during the jubilee year, which began
on April 16,
and will conclude on August 12,
is a Plenary Indulgence?
plenary indulgence is the total remission before God of the temporal
punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.
indulgence can be gained by the
faithful Christian who is duly disposed under certain prescribed
conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of
redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the
satisfactions of Christ and the saints. Indulgences may be applied to
oneself or to the dead.
may this Jubilee Indulgence be gained?
indulgence may be gained
What is required?
The elderly, the infirm and all those who for any legitimate reason
are confined to their homes, can also obtain the plenary indulgence if:
adapted from the Decree “Honoring the
Concluding Thought from
Pope Benedict XVI
Grateful to God, who gives us saints
who speak to our hearts and offer us an example of Christian life to
imitate, I would like to offer the same words of Blessing that St. Clare
composed for her Sisters and which the Poor Clares, who play a precious
role in the Church with their prayer and with their work, still preserve
today with great devotion:
I bless you during my life and after my death