Clare was the noble and lofty tree bringing forth
THE SWEET FRUIT OF FAITH
A hint of wistfulness permeates the question Jesus posed at the end of the parable of the persistent widow: When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think He will find faith? While this query points primarily to Christ’s final coming, it can also refer to what St. Bernard calls our Lord’s “intermediate comings.” Will the Son of Man find faith in our hearts when He comes in the daily occasions for virtue, in little inspirations of grace? Will He find faith as He is proclaimed in His Word or is made present in the Blessed Sacrament? Will He find faith when He reveals Himself in the distressing disguise of the poor or in the shadow of the Cross?
Will He find faith?
There was one place in
The Seraphic Mother frankly admitted that
labor, trial, scorn and contempt of the world marked
her community’s first years.
Yet, unshakable faith in God made Clare and her
Sisters not only accept these sufferings but
reckon them as great
Faith made them understand that their consecrated obscurity was
a sharing in the hidden life of Jesus, a participation in
the holy humility, the blessed poverty, the untold labors and burdens that He endured
years lived in the monastery of San Damiano did not narrow the horizons of