Our world is very noisy. We are surrounded by distractions that constantly compete for our attention—cell phones, TV, computers, and so many other things. Saint Clare never could have imagined all of the distractions people would face in the future—except for maybe television, of which she is the patron saint. When we are constantly trying to keep up with the pace of the world, we run the risk of missing out on very important aspects of it and losing focus on our true life’s purpose. So often, quiet and solitude are difficult to come by.
After joining Francis and embarking on a new life with her sisters at San Damiano, Clare fully embraced the quiets and solitude of the convent, becoming wholly and completely focused on serving the Lord. What a stark contrast to modern-day life!
As Saint Clare reminds us, we should all step away from the hustle and bustle of our lives once in a while. Perhaps it is in that quiet that we will embrace quietness, find moments of peace, refocus on what is truly important, and reconnect with Christ.
In Clare’s Own Words
“Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow.”
Questions for Reflection
What things in your life are keeping you from embracing moments of quiet?
What can you do to change that?
If someone told you to go someplace peaceful and quiet, where would you go?