Saturday, August 11, 2007
Feast of St. Clare
Clare left home at eighteen and Francis gave her the habit of the Franciscans, but she had to live with the Benedictines where others joined her, including her mother and two sisters. They founded their own convent and the Poor Clares are still practicing radical poverty today. Clare was made abbess at 21, died at 60 and was canonized two years after her death.
Two thoughts for reflection from today's liturgy: If we have faith, nothing is impossible. Even faith the size of a mustard seed is able to move a mountain! We have been given the gift of faith so why are we not using it?
The other thought comes from Moses saying to the Israelites: The Lord is our God; the Lord alone! Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words are to be taken to heart --we are to live them! How am I doing this?