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Clare's Influence Today

Today there are more than 20,000 Poor Clares living in 76 countries who devote themselves to following the Gospel through prayer and simplicity of life. St. Clare is the patron saint of her namesakes Santa Clara University, Mission Santa Clara de Assis, and St. Clare’s Catholic Church and Elementary School in the city and county of Santa Clara in California. 

Gaze Upon the Lord

Gaze Upon the Lord
© 1997 by Joe Ann Cousino
Convent of the Sisters of St. Francis
Tiffin, Ohio.

Clare’s passionate spirituality continues to inspire us today:

“Happy the soul to whom it is given to attain this life with Christ, to cleave with all one’s heart to Him Whose beauty all the heavenly hosts behold forever, Whose love inflames our love, Whose contemplation is our refreshment, Whose graciousness is our delight, Whose gentleness fills us to overflowing.…for He is the brightness of Eternal glory (Hebrews 1:3), the splendor of eternal light, the mirror without spot (Wisdom 7:26).  Look into that mirror daily…and ever study thy face therein.”
Clare, 4th Letter to the Blessed Agnes of Prague (1245)


This web site was written and designed by Nancy Lucid whose research was supported by a generous grant from the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Educational Mission at Santa Clara University. 

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