Sunday, August 12, 2012

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi was placed in a monastery by St. Francis.  Besides being the founder of the "Poor Clares" she is known for a miracle in 1240 wherein as Muslims were invading and attacking the monastery she prayed to Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament and for "reasons unknown" the Saracen mercenaries turned and fled.  This happened again in 1241 when troops of Vitalis d'Aversa attacked Assisi and were turned away after Clare prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.  Legend has it that she held up the monstrance before the attacking troops and they fled, thus she is often portrayed holding a monstrance.

St. Clare's feast day is August 11.

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