St. Clare of Montefalco
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Clare was born at Montefalco, Italy, around 1268. As a young woman she joined a
convent of Franciscan tertiaries. This group established Holy Cross Convent at Montefalco in 1290,
adopting the Rule of St. Augustine. Clare's sister Joan was the abbess of this community, but at her
death Clare succeeded her. She led an austere life, being particularly devoted to the Passion of
Christ and His Cross. When Clare died in 1308, an image of the Cross was found imprinted on her
heart, and her body remained incorrupt. Whe was canonized in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. Her feast day is
August 17th. The life of St. Clare reminds us that we are all called to a life of prayer and
dedication. Still, we must not expect or anticipate special favors. We are to be satisfied with the
simple relationship we establish with God.
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