Clare was the daughter of a count and countess. She heard St. Francis preach in the streets of Assisi and told him of her desire to give herself to God. They then became close friends.
On Palm Sunday in the year 1212, the Bishop of Assisi presented a palm to this noble maiden of eighteen who was very beautifully dressed.
That same night she left her castle with one companion and went to the church of Our Lady of Angels where she met Francis and his brothers.
At the alter of Our Lady, Francis cut off her hair and Clare gave her life to Christ. In an old house outside Assisi, she started her Order of the Poor Clares.
Later, her sister and mother as well as other noble ladies joined her. They lived a life of prayer, silence and fasting.
One day, enemies of the Church were about to attack the convent. The saint had the Blessed Sacrament placed in a monstrance above the gate of the convent and kneeling before it, she prayed for help. Then suddenly, just as the they came, they fled.
During her illness of twenty – eight, the Holy Eucharist was her strength. She died in the year 1253. Today, she lies incorrupt.
St. Clare, pray for us. Amen. Happy feast day to all Clare, Clara and Claire.
Compiled by Elvira Kudiabor