Can anyone think of Clare without Francis? Is it possible to conceive of the mendicant orders without the witness of Saint Clare? Saint Clare of Assisi is a pivotal figure in Catholic
spirituality and religious life that I think she’s been studied and followed by
very few. James Thompson, a composer of sacred music, wrote the following piece
on Clare which deserves our attention. I have posted Thompson’s texts here before
with the thought that they provide food for thought and prayer. He captures
well the spirit and life of this companion of Francis.
all splendor’s Source,
You thanks for Mother Clare
Francis’ preaching sweet,
sisters to her side
all earthly gain
chastity she heard Christ’s call.
modeled Christ to ev’ryone;
to setting sun.
high, omnipotent, good God,
and all your saints Bring us,