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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Saint Clare of Assisi - August 11

Saint Clare
Feast Day August 11
Patron Saint of Television 

"Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him, as you desire to imitate Him." (Saint Clare when speaking of Eucharistic Adoration)


Cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Clares, and first Abbess of San Damiano; born at Assisi, July 16, 1194 and died there August 11, 1253.

From her earliest years Clare was devoted to prayer. At eighteen years of age when Saint Francis came to preach in Assisi at the church of San Giorgio, Clare was inspired by the words of this “poverello” (little poor man). She begged him to help her live a life “after the manner of the holy Gospel”.

On March 20, 1212, the night of Palm Sunday, Clare went to the chapel of the Porziuncula where Francis and his disciples met her. Here Clare traded her rich dress for a rough tunic, cut her hair and covered her head with a veil. She then vowed herself to the service of Jesus Christ.


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