St. Clare of Assisi
July 16, 1194
August 11, 1253
September 26, 1255
Patron Saint of:
Eye disease, goldsmiths, needleworkers
Prayer to St. Clare of Assisi
Glorious St. Clare of Assisi,
I honor you for the unfailing faith
that made you reject all earthly pleasures,
and renounce all of your possessions.
I honor you for your life of extreme poverty and austerity,
and for your prayer and penance
on behalf of your nuns and the town of Assisi.
Grant me, dear Lady, the same faith, humility and charity
that you have shown toward God and your community.
Prayer of St. Clare
I look up and I behold the Lord,
Clare says to me,
“Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him,
I put this more simply: behold, hold, enfold.
I behold the Lord
I see His outstretched hands
I see the blood from His wounds.
I see the love in the eyes of Jesus.
I see His gracious acceptance of me.
Jesus has come out of the tomb –
He still has the scars,
but now they
are glorious, with the glory of heaven.
Still looking at the Lord, I reach out and touch Him.
I hold the Lord – and I am held in His love.
It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.
I am secure in the Lord.
I can look out, now, through the Lord’s eyes.
I can see the world as He created it, in His mercy,
I can see my sisters and brothers with His love,
and I can worship the Father through the eyes of the Son
in the Love of the Holy Spirit.