the sick to contribute
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 lead to
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