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.
O Light from Light,
all splendor’s Source,
Whose clear beams shine with heaven’s joy,
You thanks for Mother Clare
And ev’ry form of praise employ.
Francis’ preaching sweet,
Christ Crucified became her Spouse;
sisters to her side
Where Poverty would grace the house.
She left behind
all earthly gain
That riches true might be her all;
In poverty, obedience,
chastity she heard Christ’s call.
As mother to her flock, she lived
modeled Christ to ev’ryone;
In loving service spent herself
In toil from dawn
to setting sun.
As she has shown us, Lord,
Your way, So give us grace like her
That we may turn from self to You
And in your Way be truly free.
high, omnipotent, good God,
O Father, Son and Spirit blest,
With Mother Clare
and all your saints Bring us,
Your Church, to endless rest.
88 88 (LM) no suggested
James Michael Thompson (c) 2009 World Library Publication