MEMORIAL OF SAINT CLARE, VIRGIN
Clare of Assisi’s (1194-1253) deep friendship with Francis of Assisi is legendary. Attracted by Francis’ original religious vision, Clare gave up a life of privilege and embraced poverty and prayer. Her efforts, with those of Francis, revolutionized religious communities of the thirteenth century. Her community of sisters, the Poor Clares as they came to be called, lived the life of the poor of her time. This community of women freely committed themselves to a life of contemplation and humility in an age when the institutional church was enamored with the political glories of the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. Despite her hidden life, nobility and commoners alike sought Clare’s spiritual wisdom. The legacy of Clare’s life and witness has continued to be a prophetic inspiration to the church and to religious life into our own era. (from Prayers with Searchers and Saints by Edward F Gabriele)
Here is Archbishop Mark with the Mass Series from the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia.
III. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST. The Offertory
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