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Pilgrims to St. Clare’s monastery in Assisi are shown a spot that tradition has called "the garden of St. Clare." One can imagine Clare tending her flowers, praising God, even humming the "Canticle of Creatures which St. Francis composed there." But there was another garden where Clare could be found—the garden of her heart. The Divine gardener cultivated her heart’s soil, which was nourished with St. Francis’ words. She often called herself "the little plant of Francis." She understood his vision of living the Gospel and spent her life sharing this dream with others. May we live and share this dream as well!
Today, let us reflectively pray the Blessing of St. Clare:
Always be lovers of God and your souls, and the souls of all your sisters and brothers; and always be eager to observe what you have promised the Lord. May the Lord be with you always, And wherever you are, may you be with the Lord. Amen.