This digital art print of Saint Clare is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, or your friend with a cold!
St. Clare of Assisi was born in 1194 and was named Chiara Offreduccio. She was born to a wealthy and devout family, and as a young girl, Clare herself was also quite devout. When she was 18, she witnessed the preaching of St. Francis of Assisi and requested his help in living her life according to the Gospel. Clare took immediate action to live the Gospels when she traded in her rich clothing for a simple robe and cut off her hair.
With Francis’ encouragement, Clare joined the Benedictine nuns. When her father found out, he tried to stop her, but Clare told him she would have no other husband than Christ. To her father’s chagrin, Clare’s little sister Catarina also joined the Benedictine nuns and took the name Agnes. Soon, their numbers grew and the group of ladies began calling themselves the “Poor Ladies of San Damiano.” The women engaged in prayer together and also wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept mostly silent. They eventually established their own order called the “Order of Poor Ladies of San Damiano.” After Clare’s death, it became known as the Order of Saint Clare, and the women became known as the Poor Clares. Clare once said, “They say that we are too poor, but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?”
In 1224, an army of Frederick II’s soldiers attacked Assisi, and even though she was very sick, Clare went out to meet the soldiers, holding the Blessed Sacrament so the enemy could see it. Then, she begged God to save her sisters. The soldiers fled as fast as they could and did not harm anyone in Assisi.
Still very sick, Clare became bedridden and could not attend Mass as she would have liked--but God allowed Clare to see visions of the Mass on the blank walls of her room--almost as if she was watching it on a television.
St. Clare is depicted in the brown habit of her order--now known as the Poor Clares. She is also depicted holding the Blessed Sacrament in front of herself (sometimes in the monstrance, and sometimes in a kind of lantern) to ward off the invading armies. She is also sometimes depicted holding lilies to symbolize her purity.
St. Clare is the patron saint of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, and television.
- Feast Day: August 11