How many times do we look into a mirror to check things such as our clothes and hair? Mirrors are great for checking surface-level things like that. But in her final letter to Agnes of Prague, Clare encouraged Agnes to look deeper than the surface level of the mirror. The mirror, she wrote, is a tool for understanding the spiritual life. Using the different aspects of the mirrors, such as the outside edges, Clare tells Agnes to reflect on the “poverty of Him who was placed in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.” This type of everyday evangelization was a hallmark of Clare’s ministry to others.
Are we reflecting the type of person we would like to be on the inside as opposed to how we look? Of course, we can’t see those more spiritual things in a mirror, but the idea is a powerful one, one with which we can all relate.Take a minute to reflect on your gaze. Look deeper into your soul. Are your actions reflecting your intentions? If not, how can you change your spiritual appearance?
In Clare’s Own Words
“Gaze upon the mirror each day, O Queen and Spouse of Jesus Christ, and continually study your face within it.”
Questions for Reflection
Physical characteristics aside, what makes you beautiful?
If you could write your younger self a letter about beauty, what would you say?
What ways do you contribute to society's obsession with physical appearance?