Pope Innocent IV (1253-54) eulogized Chiara Offreduccio; eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Ortalana. Soon she would be known forever as St Clare of Assisi.
Meaning of her name: bright, clear, brilliant.
Representation: holding a monstrance.
Patroness of: embroiderers, goldsmiths, eye disease, needle workers, television, good weather, gilders, laundry workers.
The Poor Clares were founded in 1212 in Assisi, Italy, when St Francis received St Clare as a follower of his way of life.
St. Francis’ Prayer before the Crucifix
Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my mind, give me right faith, a firm hope and perfect charity, so that I may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen.
St. Angela of Foligno
This Sacrament really contains You, O my God, You whom the angels adore, in whose presence the spirits and mighty powers tremble. Oh! if we could only see You clearly as they do, with what reverence would we approach this sacrament, with what humility would we receive You.
St Clare of Assisi
What a great laudable exchange:
to leave the things of time for those of eternity,
to choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth,
to receive the hundred-fold in place of one,
and to possess a blessed and eternal life.