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.
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.
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.
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.