Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Saint Clare

I have a particular affinity for St. Clare of Assisi. Those of you who know me well will know that most days I wear a medallion with her image around my neck. That I often reach for it, that it speaks to me of hope and encouragement and joy.

Today is Clare's feast day, which is somehow oddly encouraging on a day when I am struggling deeply to find joy.

I followed this link, and read about her today, and was reminded of other bits and pieces I've read about her over the years. And somehow, this story, this simple young woman who lived a life devoted to Jesus, is touching my heart and giving just a little bit of hope again today.