Clare was the noble and lofty tree bringing forth
As Clare of Assisi entered her teen years, her thoughts and those of her family quite naturally turned to the future. Her relatives wanted her to marry well. Yet Clare consistently refused the proposals they arranged. Religious life? There were Benedictine monasteries in the area, but Clare was not drawn to them. Neither was she attracted to one of the small groups of pious women, forerunners of active religious Sisters, who were banding together to live a communal life dedicated to prayer and good works. What then?
choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with Him.
The turning point came when
Clare heard the future St. Francis preach the Lenten mission at
for a radical choice: to gain the Kingdom, one must give everything.
The delicate 18-year-old who fled home on the night of Palm Sunday 1212, set off without hesitation on the adventure of a new experience, believing in the Gospel as Francis showed her, and in nothing else. This is how Blessed John Paul II described St. Clare’s response to the Gospel summons: Repent, and BELIEVE! With swift pace, light step and unstumbling feet, she made her way to the little chapel of St. Mary of the Angels to begin her religious life.
then, is the marvelous yet demanding task awaiting all Christians at every