Thursday, August 11, 2011

St. Clare

The Story and History of Saint Clare

The story and history of Saint Clare. Clare was born into a wealthy and noble family in Italy, the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso. She heard St Francis of Assisi preach and was inspired to emulate his lifestyle. She left her rich home and surroundings and established an order of nuns called the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano which she led for 40 years, until her death. The order was strict, but happy and the nuns led a most frugal life in sparse surroundings with simple clothes, no shoes, they ate no meat and kept silent most of the time. She lived during the time of political power struggles in Italy and her legend tells that when the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (Red Beard) was ravaging the shores of the Adriatic against the forces of Pope Innocent III, she comforted her nuns with the declaration that God would not permit him to invade their convent. Full of faith, she placed the pyx of ivory and silver on the threshold, and kneeling down with the sisterhood, sang, "Thou hast rebuked the heathen, Thou hast destroyed the wicked, Thou hast put out their name for ever and ever." In consequence, the knights of Frederick I left them in peace.

Death of Saint Clare 

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Clare died in A.D. 1253. Cause of Death: Natural causes

Patron: Embroiderers; eye disease; eyes; gilders; goldsmiths; gold workers; good weather; laundry workers; needle workers; Santa Clara Indian Pueblo; telegraphs; telephones; television; television writers.
Symbols: Chalice and host; tall cross; Monstrance; lily; ciborium.
Often Portrayed as: Woman with a monstrance in her hand; Nun holding a vessel containing the holy Eucharist.

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