THE SWEET FRUIT OF FAITH
is She who Believed!
ScThe Sisters who testified at the Process for the Canonization of Clare of Assisi did so from firsthand experience. They were eyewitnesses of her holiness, and most of them did not hesitate to compare the Lady Clare to the Mother of Jesus. To those first Poor Ladies, Clare's virtues mirrored Mary's virtues, so much so that the Pope who canonized her called Clare the footprint of the Mother of Christ, Blessed John Paul 11 rightly noted that the figure of Mary accompanied the vocational walk of the Saint of Assisi until the end of her life. Indeed, Clare of Assisi was a radiant image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And the splendor of the Seraphic Mother's radiance is most clearly seen in the realm of FAITH.
Clare's contemplative journey begins precisely in her total abandonment
to the Spirit of the Lord in the same way as Mary did at the
Annunciation, that is to say, it begins with that spirit of poverty
which empties her of everything but the simplicity of a gaze fixed on
Like Mary, Clare heard the Word of God and kept it.(Luke 11:28) Through St Francis, she came to understand God's call in her life — and once she understood that call, she welcomed it with an open, generous faith that enabled her to echo the great Marian cry of assent: Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Clare's vocational response, like that of Mary, was a stepping out in faith, a believing that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37) which was to endure for the whole time of her life, Clare, like Mary, was blessed because she believed even when she perceived that there are in God's plan more areas of mystery than of clarity. (RI. John Paul IL Homily in Mexico City, January 26, 1979)
Mary's faith never wavered. She never ceased to
believe in the fulfillment of God's Word.