Loving God, in the midst of these challenging times may we embrace the gifts you give us – in each other and in the world around us – so that we might shrug off uncertainty and make the most of the gift of the present. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wednesday, 11 August 2020 is the feast day of St Clare of Assisi. As an important Franciscan figure and as one of our four House Patrons St Clare of Assisi holds a very special place in the Ave Maria Community.
Commencing at a young age Clare underwent both an intellectual and spiritual transformation eventually making the decision to commit herself to a religious life of prayer, simplicity and poverty. Born into a Noble family in the 1190’s Clare always had the capacity to amaze those around her, first through her insightful way of viewing the world and then by undertaking charitable works for the poor and dying. She became increasingly aware and sensitive to the needs of the poor, developing a growing compassion towards them. This growing awareness and compassion enabled her to raise her eyes towards the ‘poor Christ’ who through his crucifixion had become the least among humans. It was through the faces of the poor that God’s humanity was revealed to her. Eventually Clare left her family home, disposing of her wealth to join St Francis of Assisi, and, to eventually establish the Poor Clare’s as they are now known. In doing so, she and her fellow sisters lived a humble life of poverty that enabled them to be available and open to encounter God but to also consecrate their lives to God.
There are many stories about the life of St Clare of Assisi and the sisters of the Poor Clare’s, but to the Ave Maria Community St Clare of Assisi was a women well ahead of her time who provides us with great inspiration. She models to our community, and in particular our students, what it means to have a strong sense of self, to be humble, to be courageous, to be resilient, to be selfless, to be committed and to be a women of firm faith.
O God, who in your mercy
led Saint Clare to a love of poverty,
grant, through her intercession,
that, following Christ in poverty of spirit,
we may merit to contemplate you
one day in the heavenly Kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Happy feast day St Clare of Assisi!!!
Finally, I would again like to take the opportunity to reach out to families who maybe experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to COVID-19. I want to reassure our community that we are here to assist you in every way possible. We also understand that this unprecedented situation has the potential to take an emotional toll on both the wellbeing and physical health of our community members. If you have concerns about your changed financial situation due to COVID-19, please contact a member of our finance team via email at AMC-Finance@avemaria.vic.edu.au so that we can explore with you confidential financial support.
God bless and may we continue to strive for truth through love.