A Day with Saint CLare
Yesterday I mentioned that I was at "home" in Assisi. This truly is the home of every Franciscan and Poor Clare. Here are our roots as an Order and as the greater Franciscan movement. I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to be here and to pray at the various places. Today I spent the day at places associated with Saint Clare. I visited her Basilica and prayed both at her tomb and before the very crucifix that Francis and Clare prayed before at San Damiano. It is now hanging in the Basilica. I remembered each member of our province along with the Poor Clares and all those who are in contact with the Vocation Office. Clare took good care of the early friars and sisters; I prayed that she do the same for all of us.
In the afternoon I walked down to San Damiano. When I say "down," I mean down. It is a steep walk from Assisi down into the valley where San Damiano is. Of course, the climb back up is a real killer--especially since I made the mistake of going in the heat of the afternoon. (I'll learn.) San Damiano is without a doubt one of my favorite places in Assisi. It has connections for both the Friars and the Clares since it was there that Francis heard the crucifix speak to him and it was there that Clare lived out her religious life. It is such a warm and meaningful place.
I will pray for all of you at the tomb of Saint Francis tomorrow. Pictures are not allowed in either the Basilica of Saint Clare or of Saint Franicis, so I can only get shots of the exteriors. That is not true, however, of San Damiano. So, the pictures above are of Santa Chiara Basilica (upper left) and of San Damiano outside and inside (below).