Praying with St. Clare of Assisi

Praying with St. Clare of Assisi 2015-10-27T10:14:46+00:00

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Blessing of St. Clare

What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step, unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
may you go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly,
on the path of prudent happiness,
not believing anything, not agreeing with anything,
that would dissuade you from this resolution
or that would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
so that you may offer your vows to the
Most High in the pursuit of that perfection
to which the Spirit of God has called you.

St. Clare’s Words of Encouragement

As you gaze upon the Crucifix,
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the Divine!
And transform your whole being 
into the image
of the Godhead itself 
through contemplation.
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
as they taste the hidden sweetness
which God Himself has reserved
from the beginning 
for those who love Him.

St. Clare to Agnes of Prague

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your entire being into the image
of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.

St. Clare to Agnes of Prague

O blessed poverty,
who bestows eternal riches on those
who love and embrace her!
O holy poverty,
to those who possess and desire you
God promises the kingdom of heaven
and offers, indeed, eternal glory and blessed life!
O God-centered poverty,
whom the Lord Jesus Christ
Who ruled and now rules heaven and earth,
Who spoke and things were made,
condescended to embrace before all else!
“Gaze upon Christ, consider Christ, contemplate Christ, imitate Christ.”

                                                                      St. Clare of Assisi
2nd Letter to Agnes of Prague

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