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.
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.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which to look at Christ’s compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.