The writings of St. Clare of Assisi reveal not only her sublime spirituality, but also her profoundly practical love for the religious family God had entrusted to her.
Her Rule, her Testament, and her letters
are marked by a maternal charity made manifest
in her caring for the spiritual and material needs of her Sisters.
Praying For the Faithful Departed
St. Clare did not, however, confine her love within
temporal bounds; it extended into eternity as well.
After indicating in her brief Rule
that her community was obliged
to pray the Office of the Dead, the Seraphic Mother adds:
the beginning, the Church has honored the memory of the dead
The Rule of St. Clare also includes legislation for
the celebration of
Eucharist is at the heart of the Paschal reality of Christian death.
The 13th century manuscript known as “the breviary
of St. Clare,” which is still preserved at San Damiano, has the full
texts of Masses for the departed with musical notation, again witnessing
to the early Franciscans’ concern for the spiritual welfare of the dead,
confirming the Church’s centuries’ old teaching that
Eucharist sacrifice is also offered for the faithful departed
May St. Clare help us to deepen our faith in
the efficacy of prayer for those who have gone before us,
prayer is capable not only of helping them,