the sick to contribute
Suffering With Christ
From his youth St. Francis was plagued with ill health.
St. Clare was no stranger to sickness, spending the last twenty-eight years of her life as a chronic invalid.
Both understood all too well that
They, too, had to struggle so that their prolonged and painful
illnesses did not
self-absorption, (or) even despair.
by faith could they recognize God
at work in their sufferings, calling them to something greater and
deeper than mere endurance.
Seraphic saints discovered that
His Passion and death on the Cross,