Patron of sore
eyesClare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns
now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great
desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away
from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair
and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist. Her parents tried
in every way to make her return home, but Clare would not.
Soon her sister, St. Agnes joined
her, as well as other young women who wanted to be brides of Jesus, and live without any money. St.
Clare and her sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept silent most of the
time. Yet they were very happy, because Our Lord was close to them all the time. Once, He saved them
from a great danger in answer to St. Clare´s prayer. An army of rough soldiers came to attack Assisi
and they planned to raid the convent first. Although very sick, St. Clare had herself carried to the
wall and right there, where the enemies could see it, she had the Blessed Sacrament placed. Then on
her knees, she begged God to save the Sisters.
"O Lord, protect these Sisters whom I cannot
protect now," she prayed. A voice seemed to answer: "I will keep them always in My care." At the
same time a sudden fright struck the attackers and they fled as fast as they could. St. Clare was
sick and suffered great pains for many years, but she said that no pain could trouble her. So great
was her joy in serving the Lord that she once exclaimed: "They say that we are too poor, but can a
heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?" We should remember this miracle of the
Blessed Sacrament when in Church. Then we will pray with great Faith to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist:
"Save me, O Lord, from every evil - of soul and body."
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