Tuesday, August 11, 2009

With God as Her Guide

Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 FROM THE TIME WE ARE little we hear the often repeated words in Scripture : “Do not fear.” Throughout our lives many encounters challenge our ability to trust. How they are handled makes the difference between a saint and an ordinary person. Saint Clare, whom we honor today, was born into nobility. Anything Clare wanted or desired would be given to her. But she wanted to rely only on God’s providence and the generosity of others. Clare’s parents wanted her to live in a castle, but she longed to follow St. Francis and live in poverty. Clare wanted to begin a community of women who would live as St. Francis and his brothers lived, yet for several years she could not. Clare trusted that it was God who was guiding her life. Eventually her steadfast trust in God paid off when she founded the Poor Clares, a religious order of women devoted to the poor. Dear Lord, help us overcome our fears and to follow you wherever that takes us. By Sr. Charleen Hug, S.N. D. Dedicated to my daughter Elizabeth: Happy 11th Birthday.

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