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.
I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary to see the life and food of my soul. As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to Thee, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Thy majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thine infinite love; that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed every day, and that the sacrifice of my whole being may accompany Thine.
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.
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.