St. Clare of
The Church officially proclaimed St. Clare the
Yet down through the
centuries, the faithful have called upon the Seraphic Mother in a variety
of needs and under a variety of titles.
For example, our Holy Mother Clare is often invoked as…
of Tailors & Seamstresses
Among the precious relics kept at the Basilica of St. Clare in
for those with Eye Afflictions
People, especially in
of Good Weather
Another longstanding tradition of popular piety is praying to St.
Clare for the blessing of good weather, or, as one Franciscan scholar
states very precisely, good weather with a CLEAR sky.
scholar was also very exact about the traditional offering to be made for
a “CLARE-sky” day:
the gift of
one dozen eggs to the nearest monastery of Poor Clares!
This Clarian prayer patronage can be traced directly back to our
Saint’s own life.
biographies of St. Clare tell of her mother, Lady Ortolana, praying before
a crucifix shortly before giving birth to her eldest daughter.
To her plea for protection during childbirth, the voice of the
Crucified replied: Fear not, O woman, for you will bring forth a light that will greatly
illumine the world.
This incident made such an impression on Ortolana that she
recounted it to her daughter Clare, who in turn shared it with her
of San Damiano. Those first
Sisters passed the story on to succeeding generations of Poor Clares, who
continue to implore their Seraphic Foundress’ protection for all
of Children in Need
St. Clare’s concern for mothers and their little ones was not
limited to childbirth.
instinctively brought their children to her monastery, confident that the
Lady Clare’s tender yet powerful prayers would avail on their behalf.
And they were right!
toddler with the pebble in his nose and the boy with a cyst on his eye
were but the first of many children to experience St. Clare’s maternal
help, which continues to this very day,
against Pirates, Patroness of Sailors, Fishermen and Lighthouse Keepers
It may seem paradoxical to invoke the prayers of a cloistered nun
for the needs of sea workers and for protection against pirates.
Yet, St. Clare herself
confounded land-bound pirates with the power of prayer and the Presence of
the Blessed Sacrament.
also knows what faith and patience are involved in “fishing” for souls
and in sailing the high seas of sanctity.
And she, whose name means “light,” is still a beacon for those
seeking the safe
are but a few of the causes commended to the intercession of St. Clare of