This final line of Clare’s prayer (see below), which calls us to go forward as we have been called by God, is perhaps the most important line.Saint Clare was definitely a woman of conviction and strength. From the moment that she left her home she was determined to steadfastly hold on to her desire to serve Christ. She held strong when her uncles tried to return her to the family home. She held strong when Pope Honorius III approved a rule that would have allowed the sisters to hold property in common. And she fought to have her rule approved before her death.
It was her conviction to defend that which she felt so strongly about that serves as a model for us today. Certainly, the issues Clare faced are not the same as the ones we struggle with today. But her determination to stand up for what she believed in serves as a powerful example and role model for us in our modern times.
In Clare’s Own Words
“What you hold may you always hold. What you do, may you always do and never abandon.”
Questions for Reflection
Reflect on a time when you were persistent about something you truly wanted or believed in.
Why was it so important to you?
Could you have been as bold as Clare in fighting for her convictions?