by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God's will she certainly attracted a lot of
Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21 she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became
an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose only opening was a window into a
After four years of prayer and penance in this cell, she left it. With the approval and
encouragement of the pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St.
Clare in the 17 monasteries she established. Her sisters were known for their poverty they rejected
any fixed income and for their perpetual fast. Colette's reform movement spread to other countries
and is still thriving today. Colette was canonized in 1807.
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