Saint Clare of Assisi, Patron Saint for Good Weather (Feast Dates: August 11, September 23, October 3)
Extract from Clare of Assisi: “After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, Clare confided to him her desire to live for God, and the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday in 1212, her bishop presented Clare with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. With her cousin Pacifica, Clare ran away from her mother’s palace during the night to enter religious life. She eventually took the veil from Saint Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi, Italy. Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; this lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare’s mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of silence and prayer. Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, chivalrous, and every day she meditated on the Passion of Jesus. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who’d kicked off their blankets. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morrocco in 1221, she tried to go there to give her own life for God, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrace at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left, the house was saved, and the image of her holding a monstrance became one of her emblems.” See PICTURES of Saint Clare of Assisi. See also: Clare of Assisi (Multilingual), St. Clare of Assisi, Foundress, Mystic, Friend of St. Francis (EN), Cronología de la vida de santa Clara (SP), Santa Chiara Vergine (IT), Sainte Claire (FR). Videos: Saint Clare of Assisi, Brother Sun – Sister Moon, Saint Clare of Assisi, Santa Clara y san Francisco de Asís, Pope Benedict XVI reflects on “the great” Saint Clare of Assisi. PRAYERS to Saint Clare of Assisi.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Clare of Assisi on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Winter Storms in Europe (Winter, 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 13 – February 26, 2012.
Typhoon Megi in the Philippines (October 18, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 25 – November 7, 2010.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: